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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 1, 2021 12:33 PM
From: Senator Scott Martin
To: All Senate members
Subject: March 21, 2021 - World Down Syndrome Day in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating March 21, 2021 as “World Down Syndrome Day” in Pennsylvania. 
Down syndrome is one of the most common chromosomal conditions in the world.  Individuals diagnosed with Down syndrome have a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21, which alters the course of development for those diagnosed.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in every 700 babies born in the United States is born with Down syndrome, which makes Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition in the country. 
Due to advances in medicine and long-term care, the number of individuals with Down syndrome has continued to rise with many individuals across the world now living passed the age of 50.  This life expectancy is even higher for those living in the United States due to changing attitudes towards the diagnosis.  This shows that when given the opportunities associated with early intervention, therapies, quality education and support from families and the community, individuals with Down syndrome can adapt and thrive.  As a result of changing attitudes, these individuals have gone on to be productive, influential and inspirational members of societies across the world. 
Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR39