Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of their 21st chromosome. Link to Source

Nondisjunction accounts for 95% of the cases of Down syndrome, translocation accounts for about 4%, and mosaicism accounts for about 1%. Link to Source

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. Link to Source

Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels. Most cases are caused by a random event and not genetically inherited. Link to Source

Due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age. Link to Source

The Down syndrome awareness is represented by blue and yellow ribbons and mismatched socks on March 21st.

In the U.S, Down syndrome is the least funded major genetic condition by NIH despite being the most frequent chromosomal disorder. Link to Source

There are 3 kinds of Down syndrome: Nondisjunction (most common), Mosaism, and Translocation Link to source

The life expectancy for someone with Down syndrome was 25 in 1983. Today it is 60. Link to Source

In the United States, Down syndrome occurs in approximately 1 of 691 births, making it the most common genetic condition. Link to source

80% of babies born with Down syndrome are born to mothers who are under the age of 35. Link to source

A growing number of adults with Down syndrome live independently, have jobs, and get married.

Down syndrome is named after Dr. John Langdon Down who first described the condition. It has nothing to do with the meaning of "down".

Today, people with Down syndrome are actors, singers, writers, business owners, advocates, and more!

The term "mentally retarded" is outdated and should not be used to describe someone with Down syndrome.

In the United States, Down syndrome is spelled with an uppercase "D" and lowercase "s" and no apostrophe (not Down’s).

Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome – about 6,000 each year. Link to source

You won't know anything about someone with Down syndrome until you meet him/her. Every individual is unique.

The 21st chromosome is the smallest human chromosome, representing less than 2% of the total DNA. Link to Source

A study showed the 99% of people with Down syndrome were happy with their lives. Link to Source

About 50% of babies born with Down syndrome have a heart defect. Many of these issues can be repaired through surgery.

Studies show that in many ways, families are POSITIVELY impacted by their loved ones with Down syndrome. Link to Source

New studies show that choline supplementation for a woman pregnant with a child who has Down syndrome may help increase neurogenesis. Link to Source


Down Syndrome Organizations


If you would like to learn more about all of the wonderful things happening in the Down syndrome community - from research, to advocacy work, to adoption and scholarship opportunities, and more - we invite you to visit the websites of some of our favorite organizations below!

Please note that Reeve's Tees, LLC is NOT a non-profit organization; nor are we affiliated with any of the organizations listed below. The descriptions for each organization are from their respective websites.


National Down Syndrome Society

The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

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The Global Down Syndrome Foundation

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy.

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Reece's Rainbow

The mission of Reece’s Rainbow is to advocate and find families for orphans with Down syndrome and other special needs by raising funds for adoption grants and promoting awareness through an online community, media communications, and other events.

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Ruby's Rainbow

Our mission at Ruby’s Rainbow is to grant scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes. It is our goal to create awareness of the capabilities of these amazing individuals and help them achieve their dreams of higher education.

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The LuMind Foundation

The mission of the LuMind Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome.

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Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network

The Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN) supports families with current information and real-life accounts of life with Down syndrome during the prenatal to early childhood phases. DSDN is committed to facilitating unbiased, family-centered discussion of Down syndrome within the medical community.

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PALS Programs

PALS Programs provides a place for young adults with Down syndrome and their peers to have fun, grow as individuals, and build transformative friendships.

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National Down Syndrome Congress

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down syndrome. They are the leading national resource of support and information for anyone touched by or seeking to learn about Down syndrome.

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Gigi's Playhouse

Gigi’s playhouse is the only worldwide network of down syndrome achievement centers; changing lives through free, results-driven programs for individuals of all ages, their families and communities.

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National AMBUCS, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization with a diverse membership dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

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BuddyUp Tennis

Buddy Up Tennis provides an enjoyable supportive environment where Athletes can learn to play tennis while engaging in activities in order to improve their athletic, social and emotional development with one on one attention from their Buddies.

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Love & Learn 21

This program is designed to provide educational opportunities for people with Down syndrome in Honduras. Teachers and assistants will partner with participants and their families to create individualized plans in an effort to meet the needs of each student.

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Blogs and Facebook Pages


Lauren's Dad Facebook Page

This is about my Daughter Lauren and the things she has taught me. Lauren has Down Syndrome and is the Teacher. She has made me who I am today.

Our Three Little Birds

Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright. Join us as we embark on the adventure of raising 2 crazy boys and our little surprise daughter who happens to be rockin' an extra chromosome!

Tesori Family Foundation

The Tesori Family Foundation was founded in 2009 by former PGA TOUR player and current PGA TOUR caddie, Paul Tesori along with his then fiancee (now proud wife) Michelle, to give back to those in need in the Northeast Florida community. In early 2014, after the much anticipated arrival of baby Isaiah, the foundation expanded to give back not only in Paul's hometown community, but throughout the United States.

321 Mama!

Parenthood. Life. Down syndrome. Faith. Except from the author: "My life changed a lot when I found out my 3rd child would be born with Down syndrome. But then again, it really hasn't changed so much. We're still living life, trusting God, raising our kids, and loving having a baby in the house."

Abigail the Advocate

I am a typical teenage girl except I have an extra chromosome. Down Syndrome helps make me the individual I am. In addition to acting, I enjoy modeling, swimming, cheer leading, gymnastics, and soccer. This year I am celebrating my eleventh year as a Girl Scout!

Tim's Big Heart Enterprises

I am the founder of Tim's Big Heart, a motivational speaker, an entrepreneur, a disability advocate, a motivational speaker and a hugger!

Spread the Word to End the Word

Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies International and our supporters to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.


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