What is the first thing that crosses your mind if I say Down syndrome?
Probably, words like "disability" or "feeling sorry" cross your mind. And it is likely that you are thinking of kids... Although there are people of all ages with Down syndrome.
It is possible that you feel there is something wrong with them, and that they would be better if they did not have Down syndrome.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with them, nor with the fact that they have DS.
Down syndrome is simply a genetic alteration consisting in the existence of an extra copy of chromosome 21 (or part of it), instead of the conventional two, and it is also called Trisomy 21.
To be honest, I think we make it very difficult for them: most part of society makes erroneous assumptions about people with Down syndrome – they are unpredictable, uneducable, unemployable burdens on society.
In this ableist world, we have to stop excluding those who are different in any aspect and start integrating them, because if we just see their disabilities (being that DS or any others), we will not see the potential they possess and will miss the fact that they are unique and special, as we everyone are, with talents, desires and goals.