Down syndrome causes a handful of physical attributes. These might include a person having a shorter stature, decreased muscular tone and eyes that angle upward. Those with Down syndrome follow a different developmental course than those born without the extra genetic material.
For many with Down syndrome, however, the diagnosis doesn’t hinder their ability to live fulfilling lives. Some adults do require daily care, but still have part-time work and enlist in social endeavors. Others live nearly autonomously in their own housing, driving themselves around and holding jobs.
And the stories of Taylor Anderton and Michael Cox further prove life is there for the taking, regardless of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Catherine Musk, Anderton’s mother, told 10 Daily that her daughter came into the world prematurely, by some six weeks. For this reason, she didn’t realize right away that she was different.