The extra chromosome does not make them strangers.
This site is dedicated to an unusual and sunny person - a talented artist with down syndrome Masha Mordvintseva. Few of us believe in the opportunities and benefits of these people for society, but we are deeply mistaken. Yes, "sunny children" need more attention and more help in the development of the personality, but if you help such a special child in the search for his talents, then their zeal and commitment in your favorite business can only be envied.
Myth 1: Down syndrome is a disease
Truth: In fact, this is a simple genetic failure. If in the genome of an ordinary person there are 46 chromosomes, then a "sunny child" is born with 47. But one extra chromosome does not make them a strangers to the rest of the world. Down syndrome can not be cured and even more can't get infected. Its appearance is not connected with the color of the skin, nor with the age, nor with the lifestyle.
Myth 2: They are dangerous to society.
Truth: This common myth has no basis. History knows no crime committed by people with down syndrome. They, like all ordinary people, are happy, sad, capricious, but their mood is not replaced by attacks of aggression. On the contrary, calm and good-natured behavior is much more characteristic of "sunny childrens." But the real danger for them is human ignorance.
Myth 3: They Can't Learn
Truth: "Sunny childrens" perfectly comprehend the basics of writing, reading and exact sciences. Can master computer, foreign languages and more. Today they play in the theater, dance and draw. People with down syndrome go through such stages of development as other people with the only difference that they need more time and attention from teachers and parents.
Myth 4: They Can't Be Assigned to Work.
Truth: In the west countries, a person with down syndrome can meet you at the reception at a hotel, help at a supermarket, serve in the mail or bake homemade cookies, because they can and get this opportunity. In these countries, they see and understand the potential of "sunny people" and put a lot of energy into its implementation. In this regard, Russia is only taking the first steps, so it is very important to support all positive changes in this area.
Myth 5: Down syndrome is a rarity.
Truth: This is the most particular genetic disorder that is observed in every 700 children. In Russia, about 2,000 of these "sunny childrens" are born every year. This is invisible, because 85% of kids they stay in the babies houses and after that they wander from one state institution to another, living their whole lives far from society. At this time in the west, the number of refusers does not reach even a few percent, and many families adopt the "sunny childrens".
All these facts confirm a simple truth: people with down syndrome can and must develop, work and find their place in life. In Europe, they have a profession, a family, and other benefits of the common man. In our country, among "sunny people", these opportunities are limited, and only by common forces can we tear down the walls of rejection, and it takes only a little for this: a little time to find out the whole truth about them, a drop of understanding, to accept their differences, and an open heart to make the world a better place with them.