Down Syndrome Awareness

What is Down Syndrome?

In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes.  Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes.  Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm – although each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all

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March 21, 2015 is World Down Syndrome Day.  This is an international day to raise awareness of Down Syndrome.  Here at The Golden Key will be working towards raising that awareness in the next couple weeks.  One March 20- Friday- we will conclude with an activity of “lots of socks”. We will have “sock day”, including wearing, winning, and sharing socks. Why socks?  It correlates with the National Symbol for Down Syndrome Awareness and who doesn’t love colorful, fun socks?