Race and Disability – An issue that needs more awareness #DSAM2014

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According to a study published in 2002, the life expectancy for white people who have Down syndrome is at least twice that for people of color who have Down syndrome.

Mortality associated with Down's syndrome in the USA from 1983 to 1997: a population-based study

Differences among racial groups in general, and the heart defects typically associated with Down syndrome do not account for the extremely large gap that this study found.

Photo credit: Fadil Berisha on “She Knows.com”

This week, in article published on “SheKnows” titled “Beverly Johnson on how Down syndrome affects children of color differently” Global Down Syndrome Foundation spokesperson said:

“There’s a remarkable disparity between children of color who get Down syndrome — life expectancy is age 23 — and non-black children with Down syndrome — life expectancy is 63 years old,”

 

 

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http://bit.ly/DsRoadrace #DsRoad #DSAM2014

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