We are a group of parents, individuals with Down Syndrome, educators and community support professionals who firmly believe in the inherent equality of person with Down Syndrome. We are committed to promoting a positive image of people with Down Syndrome as being valued community members.
Salar Aghili's Song with Sign Language by Rahmat Charity's Intellectual disability Child
Song By : Salar Aghili
Lyrics : Afshin Yadollahi
Composer : Babak Zarrin
Become A Member
When faced with a new situation, such as having a child with Down syndrome, it is important to get first-hand, real-life information and experiences from families who have lived it. Meeting other families and children with Down syndrome helps to learn what amazing abilities these individuals possess. Joining our Association allows you to be connected in a way that will benefit you and your child.
The quality of life of an individual with Down syndrome has improved significantly over the last few decades, so rather than being disheartened by dated or inaccurate resources, membership to an association such as the “Rahmat Bafq Charity” allows you to learn the new “reality” of living with Down syndrome.
What is Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome (DS or DNS), also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is typically associated with physical growth delays, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and characteristic facial features. The average IQ of a young adult with Down syndrome is 50, equivalent to the mental ability of an 8- or 9-year-old child, but this can vary widely. The parents of the affected individual are typically genetically normal. The probability increases from less than 0.1% in 20-year-old mothers to 3% in those of age 45. The extra chromosome is believed to occur by chance, with no known behavioral activity or environmental factor that changes the probability. Down syndrome can be identified during pregnancy by prenatal screening followed by diagnostic testing or after birth by direct observation and genetic testing. Since the introduction of screening, pregnancies with the diagnosis are often terminated. Regular screening for health problems common in Down syndrome is recommended throughout the person’s life. There is no cure for Down syndrome. Education and proper care have been shown to improve quality of life. Some children with Down syndrome are educated in typical school classes, while others require more specialized education. Some individuals with Down syndrome graduate from high school, and a few attend post-secondary education. In adulthood, about 20% in the United States do paid work in some capacity, with many requiring a sheltered work environment. Support in financial and legal matters is often needed. Life expectancy is around 50 to 60 years in the developed world with proper health care. Down syndrome is one of the most common chromosome abnormalities in humans. It occurs in about one per 1,000 babies born each year. In 2015, Down syndrome was present in 5.4 million individuals globally and resulted in 27,000 deaths, down from 43,000 deaths in 1990. It is named after John Langdon Down, a British doctor who fully described the syndrome in 1866. Some aspects of the condition were described earlier by Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol in 1838 and Édouard Séguin in 1844. In 1959, the genetic cause of Down syndrome, an extra copy of chromosome 21, was discovered.