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Down's Syndrome Association (UK)
Langdon Down Centre
2A Langdon Park
Middlesex, TW11 9PS
The Down's Syndrome Association (UK) is a voluntary organization in the United Kingdom dedicated to supporting parents and other caregivers of individuals with Down's syndrome and improving the lives of those with the condition. Down's syndrome is a chromosomal disorder in which all or a portion of chromosome 21 appears three times (trisomy) rather than twice in some (mosaicism) or all of the cells of the body. Although associated symptoms and findings may vary from case to case, many affected infants have abnormally diminished muscle tone (hypotonia); short, broad hands and feet; and characteristic abnormalities of the head and facial (craniofacial) area, including an unusually small, short head (microbrachycephaly), a flattened back portion of the head (occiput), low-set ears, a depressed nasal bridge, and a large, protruding tongue. Individuals with Down's syndrome may also have chronic respiratory infections, heart defects that are present at birth (congenital heart defects), and other physical malformations. The Down's Syndrome Association includes several branches that welcome and support new members, provide access to a range of resources, arrange social and fundraising events, and produce newsletters. The Down's Syndrome Association (UK) also provides literature on Down's syndrome and information and advice on all aspects of the welfare system.
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