Agenetic test for trisomy 21–an extra third chromosome 21–can let parents know if their child would be born with Down syndrome. One in 800 to 1,000 babies have Down syndrome, marked by learning disabilities, physical similarities of the face (short neck, wide nose, epicanthic fold to the eyes), and a series of related birth defects such as sleep apnea and congenital heart defects. Yet few human beings seem able to love and be loved more than someone with Down syndrome. These links help parents of children with Down syndrome, and pregnant women, learn more about it.
The Arc: http://www.thearc.org/ Formerly the Association of Retarded Citizens, a community-based organization for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.