- The Conference was organized by The National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities under M/o SJ&E in collaboration with Muskaan, a registered organisation of the National Trust.
- Down Syndrome is a chromosomal condition associated with intellectual and learning disabilities.
- Delayed development and behavioural problems are often reported in children with Down Syndrome.
- Persons with Down Syndrome have 47 chromosomes as compared to 46 in majority of people.
- This one Extra chromosome causes its own impact and slows down learning process.
- It impacts neurological functioning causing impairment of intellectual functions e.g. analytical thinking, complex abstractions and judgement.
- People with Down Syndrome can and do lead full and rewarding lives and contribute as valued and equal members of their communities.
- Every year 20 to 22 thousand children take birth with Down Syndrome in our country and the need of the hour is to bring them in the mainstream.