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This section provides information about Down Syndrome that is useful to families and professionals alike. This page is updated with more information all the time, so feel free to check back here on a regular basis.

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Information in Easy Read

Easy Read information is information that is clear and easy to read and understand. Easy read was developed to support people with intellectual disability better understand written information. We have put together some useful links and resources that have information available in Easy Read.

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What is Down Syndrome?

Our bodies are made up of millions of cells. In each cell there are 46 chromosomes. The DNA in our chromosomes determines how we develop. Down syndrome is caused when there is an extra chromosome. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes in their cells instead of 46. They have an extra chromosome 21, which is why Down syndrome is also sometimes known as trisomy 21.

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Library

DS NSW has a significant collection of resources relating to Down syndrome in the Julie Cromer Library Resource Centre. The collection holding approximately 2000 items; books, DVDs, journals, information kits and archival records and ephemera.

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