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ERIC Number: ED353715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Down Syndrome: General Information. Fact Sheet Number 4 = El Sindrome de Down: Informacion General. Fact Sheet Number 15.
Interstate Research Associates, McLean, VA.; National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.
This fact sheet on Down Syndrome is offered in both English and Spanish. First it provides a definition and description of this syndrome, noting its etiology in a chromosomal abnormality. Incidence figures are then given. Typical characteristics of people with Down Syndrome are listed. Commonly associated health-related problems are noted, including a lowered resistance to infection, the presence of heart defects, the condition of Atlantoaxial Instability (a misalignment of the neck vertebrae), and a tendency toward obesity. Educational and employment implications are briefly considered. These include the value of an infant development/early intervention program, the wide range of individual differences, and the need to use teaching strategies which emphasize concrete concepts rather than abstract ideas. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Interstate Research Associates, McLean, VA.; National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.