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so that they have a good life even after their parents are no longer here to stand up for them

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so that their families have peace of mind about the future

Building circles of support for people

so that they are empowered to realise their aspirations and contribute to their community

Building circles of support for people

so that they form intentional friendships that broaden and enrich their lives

Building circles of support for people

so that they develop stronger links in the wider community

Building circles of support for people

so that they are as fulfilled and happy as they can be

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Down's Syndrome

About 40,000 people in the UK have Down's Syndrome: approximately one in every thousand babies born here. The Down's Syndrome Association notes that "Down’s syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in a baby’s cells. In the majority of cases, Down’s syndrome is not an inherited condition. [It] usually occurs because of a chance happening at the time of conception."

People with Down's Syndrome have some degree of learning disability but the syndrome is "not a disease. People with Down’s syndrome are not ill and do not 'suffer' from the condition."

On the contrary, they bring distinct gifts: they are often unusually perceptive, accepting and fun-loving. Many of them have an amazing ability to notice and remember details.