October Down syndrome awareness month on Saba

Remedial/special education teacher at Saba’s Sa­cred Heart School (SHS) Helen Hassell gave a brief ex­planation about Down syndrome to all pupils on Monday, October 2.

Remedial/special education teacher Helen Hassell giving an explanation about Down syndrome to pupils at Sacred Heart School

This was mainly to acknowledge the existence of Down syndrome among children and to eliminate existing barri­ers between these children and their peers. It was also an attempt to make the pupils aware that chil­dren diagnosed with Down syndrome have the potential and ability to become active participants in society.

A lot of questions were asked and they were answered. Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, characteristic facial features and mild to moderate intellectual disability.

After each session, the pupils were given a Down syn­drome ribbon made by Hassell. She thanked SHS Princi­pal Diane Wilson and all the teachers for the opportunity given to her to promote a better understanding and ac­ceptance of all children.

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