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World Down Syndrome Day 2014: Dear Future Mom video reassures expectant parents

Video from young people with Down syndrome challenges fears surrounding the condition

A message to an expectant mother from young adults who have grown up with Down syndrome is promising to challenge the fears and perceptions surrounding the condition. 

An email received by the National Association of People with Down Syndrome from a pregnant woman worried about the quality of life a child with Down syndrome will have was met with a reassuring message from young people who have the condition.

The message is simply: "Dear future mum, your child can be happy. Just like I am. And you'll be happy too."

The video, Dear Future Mum, was made ahead of World Down Syndrome Day, which aims to raise awareness and advocate for rights, inclusion and wellbeing of those with the condition.

In it, young adults who have the condition explain all the ways her child will enjoy a full and fulfilling life, as they do.

Every year, Down syndrome organisations across the world join together to focus on one aspect of living with Down syndrome. This year the focus is 'health and wellbeing – access and equality for all.'

It has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition in children who have an extra copy of Chromosome 21, causing learning and some physical disabilities. It can be identified during pregnancy by prenatal screening.


Click here to read a post on World Down Syndrome Day from The Down's Syndrome Association.