Moverthon 2017 has now finished

01 Mar 2017 - 30 Jun 2017

"I want the world to know that people with Down syndrome can achieve.  We have different personalities and dreams, goals and feelings like you. I think people like us need to be heard.  And to have a voice.  I am one of these people", says Sarah.

There is an estimated 13,000 people with Down syndrome living in Australia and 7 million living around the world. 

Down syndrome is caused when an extra copy of chromosome #21 is present in a persons cells.  This results in some degree of intellectual disability, and often other health and physical challenges.

UN sanctioned World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21.  This 21/3 date symbolises the 3 copies of chromosome #21 present in a person with Down syndrome.

As one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in Australia, individuals wtih Down syndrome are more at risk of developing medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity than the general population.  

An active lifestyle is key to reducing these diseases.  Unfortunately people with Down syndrome face significant barriers to services and experiences many members of the community take for granted, such as recreation.  

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