Down Syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It occurs in one in every 691 live births. Individuals with Down Syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. In most people with Down Syndrome, there is an extra copy of Chromosome 21 (also called trisomy 21 because there are three copies of this chromosome instead of two), which changes the body and brain’s normal development.
Down Syndrome is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder. It is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status. The most important fact to know is that very little separates individuals with Down Syndrome from those without it.
For more information on Down Syndrome, please visit The National Association for Down Syndrome.
Down Syndrome Association North Bay's mission is to promote self-advocacy, raise awareness, support inclusion and enrich the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.
Our programs and services include: information for new and expecting parents, English and Spanish packets, literature and programs, hospital greetings with Hope Baskets, Mom's and Dad's night out, dances and outings, parent-to-parent connection, education seminars, mentoring programs and Family Camp.
We are all volunteers, board and committee members alike, working to serve and encourage the unlimited potential in children and adults with Down Syndrome.
Project Zin will help us meet our strategic goal of raising $1,000,000 for therapies that benefit individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.