Living with Down’s Syndrome

Most children born with Down’s syndrome are able to live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life with the right help and emotional support networks in place. People with Down’s syndrome have the same rights and physical, psychological and emotional needs as people who do not suffer from this condition; they may also have additional needs but with suitable healthcare, familial support and education there is no reason why they shouldn’t live a full and happy life.

Dealing with others

Due to the physical appearance associated with people who have Down’s syndrome many people feel they may be bullied or considered different; although most people do not engage in such behaviour there will always be a small minority who may make life difficult. If this is the case, there is a lot of support and advice available; if you feel you are being bullied or discriminated against you should seek somebody’s help and advice, do not ignore it and allow people to get away with it. Charities such as the Down’s Syndrome Association and the Samaritans run 24 hour anonymous phone lines and you can also seek advice from online resources; you may find it comforting to chat with people in a similar situation in an online chat room for example.

Education, transport and employment

Local authorities may also be able to help you with practical concerns such as transport, employment and educational support. Most regions have facilities and transport solutions, which enable those with special needs to make the most of their surroundings. While those who are severely affected may not be able to take part in employment, many are willing and able to find a job; this allows financial and social independence and can be a great source of encouragement and self-esteem. You may also be entitled to supplementary financial aid; you should contact your local social services to find out more about the options available to you.