This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent.
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky has been helping and supporting families since 1993, when a small group of parents envisioned better opportunities for their children with Down syndrome. Today, that vision and our organization have expanded, enabling us to provide numerous programs and services.
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky exists to celebrate our Down syndrome community, support individuals with Down syndrome and their families in our region, and educate ourselves and others about the true joys and challenges of Down syndrome.
We believe no one should ever stop learning, that's why we provide life-changing programs such a cooking, tutoring, book clubs, summer programs and more for students with Down syndrome. In addition, we support and educate families and professionals in Central and Eastern Kentucky. We do this through: providing customized presentations for parents, teachers, therapists, and medical professionals; publishing a quarterly magazine that celebrates accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome and provides pertinent information for families and caregivers; providing peer presentations to schools, post-graduate and undergraduate classes, and the community about acceptance of those with Down syndrome and other disabilities; and hosting several celebrations throughout the year to bring together families and friends for support and advocacy. Every program and resource we provide is free-of-charge to our families.
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