5 Incredible Women With Down Syndrome
According to the CDC, about 6,000 babies are born each year with Down syndrome (roughly 1 in every 700 babies have the syndrome).
The National Down Syndrome Society reports that, "with recent advancements in clinical treatment, most particularly corrective heart surgeries, as many as 80 percent of adults with Down syndrome reach age 60, and many live even longer, and more and more Americans are interacting with individuals with Down syndrome, increasing the need for widespread public education and acceptance."
But there are many misconceptions about Down syndromes and those who have it.
We've highlighted some amazing women with Down syndrome who have accomplished incredible things in the gallery above.
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Madeline Stuart | Madeline Stuart is an 18 year old model from Brisbane, Australia. "I hope through modeling I can change societies view of people with Disabilities, exposure is creating awareness, acceptance and inclusion." She recently walked at New York Fashion Week with MODA, in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Photo Credit: Chance Yeh via Getty Images
Angela Bachiller | In 2013, Angela Bachiller became the world's first person with Down syndrome to hold public office. She took the seat of city council in Valladolid, Spain. According to Mamiverse, "Her appointment was hailed by organizations that spoort people with Down syndrome as a big step towards the 'normalization' of people with genetic condition." Photo Credit: YouTube
Megan McCormick | Megan McCormick became the first person with Down syndrome to graduate with honors from a technical college in the United States. According to Babble, she earned a degree in education and was top of her class at Bluegrass Community Technical College in Kentucky. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lexington Herald-Leader, Photo by Pablo Alcala/Lexington Herald-Leader
Melissa Reilly | Melissa Reilly is a Special Olympian who brings home gold medals in skiing, cycling, and swimming. She also teaches reading and math to preschoolers with Down syndrome. Photo Credit: specialolympics.org
Bernadette Resha | Bernadette Resha is well known in the art community. According to Live Action News, her work has been featured on television shows, in music videos, commercials, and magazines. She is also a public speaker and violinist. Photo Credit: Facebook