As this November 1st-November 7th is National Down Syndrome Awareness Week, what better way to start contributing to breaking down the stigmas than to learn about them first. It’s a week to bring awareness to something that many people have heard of, but yet don’t truly understand fully. Here are some answers to popular myths:

MYTH: Down syndrome is hereditary and runs in families

TRUTH: A type of Down syndrome that accounts for 3-4% of all cases is the only type of Down syndrome known to have a hereditary component

MYTH: Most children with Down syndrome are born to older parents

TRUTH: Most are born to women younger than 35, simply because younger women have more children. Likelihood of having a child with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother, especially after age 35

MYTH: All people with Down syndrome have a severe cognitive disability

TRUTH: Most people have a mild to moderate cognitive ability, or intellectual disability. This is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.

MYTH: People with Down syndrome are always happy

TRUTH: People with Down syndrome experience feelings just like anyone else. They experience the full range of emotions. They respond to positive expressions of friendship and are hurt and upset by inconsiderate behaviour.

MYTH: Adults with Down syndrome are the same as children with Down syndrome

TRUTH: Adults with Down syndrome are not children, and should not be considered children.  They enjoy activities and companionship with other adults, and have similar needs and feelings as their typical peers.

With this years VCFS partnering together with The Happy Soul Project, we’ve come to know Tara and her daughter, Pip, an amazing little girl who just so happens to have Down syndrome. Tara wanted to share her journey and experiences to help others find joy unexpectedly, continue to always have an open mind and to encourage individuals to see the beauty in the challenges and hope in the hardships.

Be on the lookout for the Kick-It-Capes campaign, an initiative sending kids fighting cancer, serious illnesses or struggling to accept differences a boost of strength and love. 

And don’t forget to join us at Common Ground Coffee House tomorrow at 7pm where the Charity team will be at the event as well promoting the Happy Soul Project, selling merchandise, and raffling off an Apple watch!!

We are so excited to be involved with such an amazing charity and hope you will join us in breaking down the stigma and spreading the amazing message that #differentisbeautiful

Vogue love,