Down Syndrome Focus on Accomplishments Not Assumptions – Public News Service

Advocates say people with Down syndrome are engaging in more activities, including sports and exercise, thanks to better intervention programs and forms of therapy. (Adobe Stock)

People with Down syndrome are having a bigger impact on society, and their advocates in the Dakota region say it’s time for the public to take notice.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It’s widely known that people born with this condition have an extra chromosome that affects their development, but some say there’s more to it.

The New Directions Down Syndrome Association connects parents in a four-state region, including parts of North Dakota. Brandon Tilus, president of its board of directors, said he feels public perception is being outdated by the lives many with Down syndrome are carving out for themselves.

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