What is Down Syndrome?
Down Syndrome is the most common known cause of intellectual disability. An extra copy of chromosome 21 (trisomy 21) causes it. For some unexplained reason the child has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is the result of a genetic accident at the time of conception or soon after and not caused by anything the parents might have done before or during pregnancy.
Down syndrome affects people of all ages and races irrespective of economic levels or culture. It is one of the most frequently occurring chromosomal anomalies found in humans, occurring approximately once in every 660 births. In Malta it is recorded that, on average, one child per month is born with Down Syndrome.
Down syndrome is recognisable at birth because of some typical physical characteristics and later confirmed by chromosome analysis. Whilst people with Down syndrome do have features in common each person is an individual, with a unique appearance, personality and possibly a different set of abilities. The physical characteristics of the syndrome are no indication of the child's intellectual ability. It is NOT a disease and cannot be treated.
The Aims of the Association:
To encourage people with Down syndrome to fulfill their potential for successful and happy lives, in a society that knows their abilities and is supportive of their needs.
To contact parents of newly born babies with Down Syndrome as early as possible and to provide counselling and support particularly in the early stages of a baby's life.
To represent the interests and needs of people with Down syndrome in all aspects of life and individuals needs, as members of the family and the community.
To increase public awareness and understanding of the nature of Down Syndrome people so they may lead a rewarding and full life.
To press for better services and greater choice in the facilities offered to children and adults with Down Syndrome, such as education, therapy, training and independent living.
To support professionals in their work and research of Down Syndrome.
Parental support at birth when requested
Physiotherapy Saturday by appointments
Speech therapy Monday and Tuesday by appointmens
Mass & Tombola First Friday of month
Social activities: three times yearly
Talks & forums Christmas party & disco Book & video library available at the Centre
"News & Views", published twice yearly (June & December) and circulated free of charge to interested persons
Regular Members' Newsletter giving detailed information of all activities
Keep Fit classes every Friday
The Association is an independent registered charity, established and run by parents. It relies entirely on voluntary donations to continue with its work. The work of the Association depends upon the generosity of its members and the general public through donations that help in meeting the administrative costs and the subsidisation of the services offered. All donations to the Association are also tax deductible.
Membership fees are:
€2.33 (LM1.00) a year,
€23.29 (LM10.00) for LIFE member.
Associate Membership fees are:
€4.66 (LM2.00) a year,
€34.94 (LM15.00) for LIFE member.
Parents and guardians of Down Syndrome children are strongly encouraged to become Members. You can also become an Associate Member and thus help us achieve our aim. If you would like to become a member e-mail now to the Secretariat c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
on call on telephone number 21235158.
Address: 45, South Street, Valletta VLT 1101 Malta.
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