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Down Syndrome Is Not A Disease

Last update: 13/03/2013
By Zulkiple Ibrahim

This is the first of two features on Down Syndrome, in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) -- "I have a Down Syndrome son," said this writer to a child counsellor, who would like to be known as Dr Suraiya.

"Do not say that. Please say 'a son with Down Syndrome' as people with Down Syndrome should always be referred to as people first. Instead of saying 'a Down Syndrome child', you should say 'a child with Down Syndrome'.

"Also avoid saying 'he has Down's' as Down Syndrome is a condition or a syndrome and not a disease," explained Dr Suraiya.

She said people 'have' Down Syndrome and they do not 'suffer' from it.


What is Down Syndrome?

Dr Suraiya said Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal abnormality.....


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