A person with Down’s syndrome will have some degree of learning disability. During childhood, this means they may take longer than other children their age to reach certain milestones and to develop certain skills. They may also need ongoing support for different aspects of their life when they become an adult.
There are some health problems associated with Down’s syndrome, such as heart problems and difficulties with sight and hearing. However, these will not affect everyone with the condition. Increased awareness and better healthcare also mean the health and wellbeing of people with Down’s syndrome have improved greatly in recent years.
I can vividly remember walking out of the hospital with my son, determined that I was going to change the world for him. It's been a humbling to discover that lots of things had already changed hugely; we just hadn't known.
Annabel, Freddie’s mum
As with other conditions associated with learning disability, every person with Down’s syndrome is an individual and, with the right support and opportunities, can lead a happy and fulfilling life.
- Read Annabel's blog about life with her son, Freddie, who has Down’s syndrome
- For support, and to find out more, contact the Down’s Syndrome Association.