Children of the Sun or the “extra” chromosome

Children of the Sun or the “extra” chromosome
Дата: Tuesday March 21st, 2017

Today is World Day of People with Down Syndrome. The purpose of this date is to draw attention to the problem of these people. Pro-Head understood what kind of syndrome it is, what marked this day in Ukraine and what problems people have, connected with Down’s syndrome.

  TV presenter Lubov Dobrovolskaya

 

The word “disease” is not very correct here, but it is rather a syndrome – one of the forms of genomic pathology. If you do not go into details, in fact, a person with Down’s syndrome has one more chromosome than ordinary people. A consequence of this is a number of characteristic features – a “flat” face, an abnormally shortened skull and a number of others that are visible visually. In addition, a child with Down’s syndrome is developing more slowly and, a little later than his peers, the developmental stages common to all children are going on.

   President of Iceland Gwudni Johannesson

 

The tradition to celebrate this day on March 21 appeared in 2006. Traditionally, people who want to attract attention to this problem are wearing colorful socks – bright and unpaired. This has been done in order to feel like not everyone, and understand what it means to live under the gaze of others.The organizers of the World Action LOTS OF SOCKS annually call to do this.

  Director Anastasia Mitnickaya

Down’s syndrome has been known to mankind since ancient times. Hindus, for example, called such people the Children of the Sun, considered them to be spiritual teachers, and our ancestors – the Slavs, considered them to be angels. They say that these people have the main human quality – the wisdom of the heart from birth. They are open, they know how to love without restrictions and expectations, they can speak without words, these people are always looking into the eyes and live without falseness.

      TV presenter Alena Kirik

It is more difficult for these people to live in society, than for us. Today this problem is gradually being solved. Back in 1983, the average duration of a person with Down syndrome was about 35 years, now this number has risen to 60 years. In the US and Europe, people with this syndrome may well get a higher education and get a normal job. After all, their development as a rule reaches the level of development of an ordinary person, though a little bit later. In Ukraine, the integration of such people into society is still a problem. According to statistics, about 65% of parents abandon the children with Down Syndrome being in the hospital. And the attitude to such children is still very ambiguous in modern society. Although the situation is already changing for the better. For example, there are special medical and pedagogical commissions that decided whether it was possible to give such a child to a regular school. Now such commissions can only give advise to parents, they do not take decisions for the parents of such a child. The parents of children with the SD are united in public charitable organizations and they help each other.

    Creative Ukrainian youth supports the action

 

Well, let’s hope that the World Day of People with Down Syndrome, as a means of attracting attention of people with this problem, will work and we will do our best to make them feel comfortable in our society.

Photos have been taken from open sources: facebook.com

 

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