September 2014 – October: National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Each year, about 6,000 babies born in the United States have Down syndrome. This means that Down syndrome occurs in about 1 out of every 700 babies. As you may know, October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a great opportunity for people to learn more about Down syndrome and the activities that CDC and other organizations do to research this condition. CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) will feature a number of activities throughout the month of October to raise awareness about Down syndrome:
- Being released October 6th, look for a special CDC Feature on National Down Syndrome Awareness Month including a story of a boy, Keaton, and his positive effect on those around him. The Feature will be posted on the CDC homepage at cdc.gov.
- A recent publication examined the differences in hospital resource use between children with Down syndrome and another major birth defect, particularly congenital heart defects, and children with Down syndrome who did not have another major birth defect. This study provides useful information for evaluating patterns of hospital resource use and associated costs for children with Down syndrome: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bdra.23295/abstract
- Read the Key Findings to the paper here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/downsyndrome/features/hospital-cost-downsyndrome.html
- Weekly Twitter messages. We have a new Twitter handle! We are tweeting at https:/twitter.com/CDC_NCBDDD. We invite you to comment, re-post, re-tweet and follow @CDC_NCBDDD! We will also be using #DSAM2014 in all of our Down syndrome awareness tweets throughout October.
We encourage you to share these links with your colleagues and friends. Feel free to post them on your own home page as well. Thank you for your continued support and for your interest in learning more about Down syndrome!