Video: Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) Awareness Month Starring John C. McGinley


Movie And Television Actor
(and Millburn New Jersey Boy) John C. McGinley
Discusses his Down Syndrome Son Max,
the Global Down Syndrome Foundation,
and the needs for more tolerance and research

Source: National Down Syndrome Society (

In the United States, one in every 691 babies (about 6,000 per year) is born with Down syndrome (also known as Trisomy 21), making it the most common chromosomal disorder.
Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome. Most are born to mothers under 35 years old; the incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. Only 1% of all cases of Down syndrome have a hereditary component. The estimated chances of having another baby with Down syndrome is 1 in 100 up until age 40.
Most people with Down syndrome have cognitive delays that range from mild to moderate. A few of the common physical traits are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. These traits can appear in varying degrees, or not at all.
Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care, and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. More

New Jersey Down Syndrome Groups


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