A common concern for parents of people with Down syndrome is whether or not their kids will gain independence. They are scared if their children will ever hold a job or have the ability to assume the common endeavors of typical people. Almost 10 years ago it was impossible for anyone to believe that a person with Down syndrome could survive in this world on their own. Today there are hundreds of them. Let us meet three of them.
When Gillett was born July 31, 1941, she was only expected to live into her early 20s. Life expectancy for people with the genetic disorder has increased dramatically over the decades, and it is now about 60, according to the National Down Syndrome Society. Frances Gillett surely knows how to beat the odds. The British woman believed to be the oldest female in the world with Down syndrome just turned 75. She has recovered from both tuberculosis and breast cancer within the last dozen years.
Katie Higgins is 23 and a Zumba instructor with Down syndrome. When Katie’s brother died of cancer, she and her mother started taking classes to fight depression. Their instructor, Amanda Laycock, saw something special in Katie and starting giving her special classes on her own. In summer 2012, Katie passed her exams. Today, she teaches classes at Halifax College and Elim church in Sowerby Bridge.
Noelia Garella is the first kindergarten teacher with Down syndrome in Argentina. She graduated from teaching preschool in 2007 and now works at a daycare center in the city of Cordoba. Noelia is 29 years old and holds a Bachelor of Economics and Management Organizations with a concentration in tourism, hospitality, and transportation.