What kind of support is available for people with Down syndrome?

Many resources are available to people with Down syndrome and their families. Parents of children with Down syndrome may need support with the special needs of their infants and toddlers. Many families join Down syndrome support groups to share experiences and ways to help their loved one live a healthy and fulfilling life.

People with Down syndrome will likely need assistance throughout their lives. In addition to ongoing therapies, this could include help with education, employment and living independently. A variety of organizations offer resources to help educate and empower people living with Down syndrome and their families. The National Down Syndrome Society and the National Association for Down Syndrome are two of the most common resources people use for more information and support. Locally, in northeast Ohio, The Up Side of Downs provides support, education and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and communities (see References section).

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