Frank Buckley, CEO of Down Syndrome Education International has commented on new figures published in the journal Pediatrics indicating a rising birth incidence of babies with Down syndrome by producing a clear comparative graph of statistics from the UK and the US, calling on policy makers to "take note!"
Prevalence of Down Syndrome Among Children and Adolescents in 10 Regions of the United States is published online in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, (Vol. 124 No. 6 December 2009, pp. 1565-1571 ). The researchers estimated prevalence of Down syndrome among children and adolescents up to 19 years, in 10 US regions. The birth incidence increased by just over 30% from 1979 to 2003.