Down syndrome (referenced in USA) or Down's syndrome throughout the world, the
most common genetic birth defect is a chromosomal anomaly. It affects all races and
economic levels equally throughout the world.
It has only been over the past twenty years that significant advances in human genetics
have compounded a move toward the future needs and potential of children and young
adults with Down syndrome. Henceforth, individuals with Down syndrome can now be
seen more within the confines of their neighboring schools, homes and communities. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.