History of Down Syndrome

Dr. John Langon Down's daughter and grandson, who was born with Down syndrome.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, advocacy and education. An important part of that entails educating the general public about the history of Down syndrome – both from a medical standpoint and a human-rights perspective. To this end, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation has created two timelines to illuminate the medical and civil rights progress made surrounding people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. These timelines are available in simple text or an interactive format. Click below to learn more about the history of Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Medical Care and Research Timeline

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Down Syndrome Human and Civil Rights Timeline

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