Supporting those most in need

2018-09-18 06:00
Seen engaging in sporting activities is (from left) Trudy Chetty and her son Tristyn Chetty.PHOTO: supplied

Seen engaging in sporting activities is (from left) Trudy Chetty and her son Tristyn Chetty.PHOTO: supplied

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CREATING awareness and imparting facts about Down syndrome is one of the key aims of non-profit organisation You’re Magical.

According to founder Trudy Chetty, the organisation is designed to assist people with Down syndrome and to let them know they are special, gifted, and unique.

The organisation aims to create a loving and inclusive community that celebrates every person with a disability.

Promoting public understanding and acceptance, inclusion and defending the civil rights of individuals with Down syndrome is one of the missions the organisation is eager to accomplish.

According to the organisation’s website, people with Down syndrome also vary in personality and ability and that everyone born with Down syndrome will have a degree of learning disability but the level of disability will be different for each individual.

Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21 in an embryo. Despite having no cure, there are many ways to help those with the condition develop into healthy and fulfilled persons with the level of independence suitable for them.

According to You’re Magical, improved education and support has led to more opportunities for people with Down syndrome, which includes them being able to leave home, form new relationships, gain employment and lead largely independent lives.

It is also very important to note that each child is different and it is not possible to predict how individuals will develop.

The organisation states that there are a number of disorders that are more common in people with Down syndrome. These include hearing and vision problems; heart disorders, such as congenital heart disease; thyroid problems, such as an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism); and recurrent infections such as pneumonia.

Children with Down syndrome may need to be checked by a paediatrician more often than other children in order to detect developing problems as early as possible.

Concerns regarding the health of children with Down syndrome should be consulted with a GP, health adviser or paediatrician.

For further information about Down syndrome contact Trudy Chetty at 081 022 2500 or via e-mail at trudychetty@youremagical.co.za or via trudychetty@webmail.co.za

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