Down Syndrome and Social Security Disability InsuranceDown Syndrome and Social Security Disability Insurance

Down Syndrome is a genetic condition involving the body’s chromosomal makeup. While most people have two copies of chromosomes, people with Down Syndrome have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome present in the body. Because of this additional genetic material, the growth and development process can be deeply affected. As the most common chromosomal condition, Down syndrome affects more than 400,000 people in this country.

While there is no clear answer for what causes the additional Down Syndrome chromosome, researchers have found that the risk of having a child with Down Syndrome increases with age and additional pregnancies. No behavioral or environmental factors have been identified. The syndrome can affect people in different ways, and often involves cognitive impairment, growth abnormalities, and unique physical malformations.

For many individuals on the lower end of the Down Syndrome spectrum, some effects of the disease can be managed or overcome through lifestyle adjustments and therapies. For others, Down Syndrome can significantly affect brain activity, limiting their activities, limiting their activities and inhibiting their ability to learn or process information.

Down Syndrome may cause cognitive impairment. Individuals with this condition may face mild to severe developmental problems, including varying degrees of mental retardation. People diagnosed with Down Syndrome are frequently at risk for developing many conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, bowel obstruction, sleep apnea, heart defects, seizure disorders, and thyroid abnormalities. Other things that may come with Down Syndrome are:

  • Eye and ear problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Bone, muscle, joint and nerve problems
  • Shortened life expectancy (approximately mid-50’s)

Down syndrome Treatments

With early intervention, children with Down Syndrome may have a better chance of overcoming mild developmental disabilities through various cognitive and behavioral therapies. Regular screenings and preventative care for the high-risk conditions associated with Down Syndrome may also prevent negative consequences. The physical abnormalities associated with the disease can improve with plastic surgery. Weight management and treatment for depression may also enhance the quality of life for some sufferers of Down Syndrome.

For more information about Down syndrome, please visit the National Down Syndrome Society. The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers has the experience you need to get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. For skilled legal advice, please contact our Social Security Disability lawyers right away for a free case review.

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