Down Syndrome

Downs Syndrome (Ds) is the most commonly occurring genetic condition, caused by three copies of the 21st chromosome, instead of two as in most people. One in every 691 babies are born with Ds, and in Charlotte, there are about 1,000 people with Down Syndrome. Great strides have been made in the care and life expectancy of people with the condition, but awareness about people with Down Syndrome is still relatively low. We'll spend the hour talking about Down Syndrome from the perspectives of genetics, health, education, and about what is being done locally to support families affected by Down syndrome.

Kathryn Lariviere
- Executive Director of DSAGC (Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte) and mother of a son with Ds
Campbell "Cam" Brasington - Board Certified Genetic Counselor at Levine Children's Hospital
Melissa Thomason - Physician assistant by training, but a mother of a 10 month old son with Ds