Down syndrome (DS or DNS), also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is usually associated with physical growth delays, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and characteristic facial features.Causes: Third copy of chromosome 21.
Adulthood. Many adults with Down’s syndrome are now leaving home, living independently with varying degrees of support, holding down jobs, forming relationships and generally getting the most out of life.
Some young people with Down’s syndrome may have stayed in school until age 19; others may have already been in college. In either case age 19 is likely to be a major transition point. Under the new SEN system, young adults have increased rights in education up until age 25 and an Education, Health and Care Plan can remain in place until that age.
This eMedTV page explores the needs of people with Down syndrome as they grow older, and addresses challenges they face in the workplace. This page covers Down syndrome in adults, explaining how the right assistance can lead to a longer and richer life.Author: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD.