According to the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. (DSAPI), one in every 800 Filipino babies has Down Syndrome—and with 1.5 million live births, this makes up about 1,875 new cases in the country. In fact, more than 100,000 Filipino families are living with a person with Down Syndrome.

Presently, there is no known cause as to why some kids are affected by the condition, but some studies have linked the mother’s age as factor, and that the risk increases as women get older.

However, while Down Syndrome in the Philippines is common, many Filipinos are still unaware of a person with Down Syndrome’s potentials and that they can live normal lives.

This is why every February, the Philippines celebrates the National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month—to inform the public that even though people with Down Syndrome have mild to moderate cognitive disability, they can still participate in the society.

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