I came across this interesting information HERE.
Down syndrome can not be prevented. It happens at conception, so if the chromosome isn't going to split correctly, it's not going to split correctly. There isn't anything you can do about that.
Yet money continues to be spent on prenatal testing and creating new tests that will detect Down syndrome earlier in pregnancies. (remember, this is primarily so families can ABORT the baby)
Life expectancy for individuals with Down syndrome has more than doubled over the last decade. Cognition research is imperative to help them lead more independent lives. Isn't that what all parents want for their kids? To be as independent as their abilities allow?
2010 NIH (the government's National Institutes of Health) funding for Down syndrome was 22 million - near the bottom of the list. By comparison Parkinson's, MS, and Autism are all well over $100 million. Down syndrome funding is a minuscule .01 percent of the NIH's research budget. It equals out to be $55 per person; 95% less on average than what the government spends per person for similar disabilities. Cystic Fibrosis is almost $3K per person.
That's why the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation created the +15 campaign - to improve learning, memory, and speech for individuals with Down syndrome.
It's really sad to know that most of the government funding for my daughter's condition is going towards helping families terminate rather then to help improve the lives of those living with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation has an awesome and simple campaign to help raise money for what it is really needed for. They simply ask for a small $15 donation, and then tell 15 friends. Over the last 10 years, so much has been improved with our knowledge of this disorder, but you can imagine how much more could have been accomplished if the funding was primarily put towards cognitive improvement rather then prenatal testing? It may take a little time out of your day to click on the link, fill in your credit card information and to post this on your Facebook, Twitter or Email, but those minutes can greatly improve these kids future. Your time, money and thoughtfulness is tremendously appreciated.
Click HERE to donate, share this link or the link straight to the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation and then leave me a comment so I can thank you for your help!