Meet Advocate & Public Speaker
Changing the way the world sees people with Down syndrome
“As an adult who has Down syndrome, I have a unique perspective. Hearing my story gives hope to parents of babies with Down syndrome. It shows everyone… community members, teachers, employers, and even family members… what is possible. And, I love talking to people!”
WATCH MATTHEW GIVE A TEDx
Why is it GOOD to include individuals with Down syndrome in the work place? As an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Matthew shares his idea on how to create a win/win that is GOOD on many levels.
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Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material affects the development of the body and brain, leading to characteristic physical features and intellectual disabilities.
Down syndrome can be diagnosed before birth through prenatal screening tests, such as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) or diagnostic tests like chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis. It can also be diagnosed after birth through a blood test called karyotyping.
Early intervention programs, speech therapy, physical therapy, and special education services are commonly utilized to support the development of individuals with Down syndrome. Tailored educational plans can help address specific learning needs, promoting independence and inclusion.
Yes, with appropriate support and opportunities, individuals with Down syndrome can lead fulfilling and independent lives. Many are active participants in their communities, pursue education, employment, and hobbies, and form meaningful relationships. Inclusive environments and a supportive network contribute to their overall well-being and success.