Key Facts

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Did you know...?

  • Around one in every 1000 babies born in the UK will have Down's syndrome.
  • There are over 40,000 people in the UK with the condition.
  • Although the chance of a baby having Down's syndrome is higher for older mothers, more babies with Down's syndrome are born to younger women.
  • Down's syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby's cells. It occurs by chance at conception and is irreversible.
  • Down's syndrome is not a disease. People with Down's syndrome are not ill and do not "suffer" from the condition.
  • People with the syndrome will have a degree of learning difficulty. However, most people with Down's syndrome will walk and talk and many will read and write, go to ordinary schools and lead fulfilling, semi-independent lives.
  • Today the average life expectancy for a person with Down's syndrome is between 50 and 60. A considerable number of people with Down's syndrome live into their 60's.

About the Down's Syndrome Association

  • In 2010, we responded to over 16,000 telephone enquiries from members, professionals and the general public.
  • Our website was visited by over 466,034 people from over 150 countries worldwide.