The quality of life, life expectancy and role in the community for people with Down’s syndrome have gradually been transformed as education and support have improved.  In fact the opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome to lead the lives that they want have never been greater.  However, we know that we still have work to do to ensure that people with Down’s syndrome have many of the same life chances that the general population take for granted.

Adults with Down’s syndrome are leading longer, more healthy, fulfilling and varied lives. Small but increasing numbers are leaving home to live with support in their communities, getting jobs, having busy social lives and enjoying friendships and relationships. Some adults choose to stay with their families and receive a service to meet their needs from Social Services. Alternatively, the person might receive a direct payment from Social Services and they and their family organise their support.

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