March 23, 2011

Life Expectancy for People with Down Syndrome

I am so amazed at how the life expectancy of those with Down syndrome has changed. Although I knew it had improved dramatically, I was excited to see these statistics today:

1983 - Life expectancy was 25 years
2009 - Life expectancy was 60 years

(According to the National Down Syndrome Society)

Oh the changes that have taken place just in the past 20 years! On a different (but related) note, check out the recent op-ed in the AJC: Special needs kids don’t need labels | ajc.com

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