Tobago has joined the globe in observing World Down Syndrome Awareness month for October.
During this month, the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development has used the occasion to highlight the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down Syndrome. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with this condition—a one in 700 chance.
Down Syndrome is associated with delays in physical growth, characteristic facial features and intellectual disability.
The Division marked the occasion last year by wearing colourful socks to advocate for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome in Tobago. This year, the Division is asking families to take a photo of themselves, along with their loved ones who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome, which will be posted on the Division’s Facebook page.