Down syndrome conference held in Murray

Posted at 5:52 PM, Apr 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-20 23:51:02-04

MURRAY, Utah -- 150 families came to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray Saturday to take part in the first "Limitless Possibilities" Down syndrome educational conference.

"It provides an opportunity for our families to get together and to just really share the same journey with one another," said Utah Down Syndrome Foundation Board Member Sharae Chisholm.

Since 1977, the foundation has provided free services for families affected by Down syndrome. The conference on Saturday included specialized workshops and speeches on a variety of important topics related to Down syndrome, including child development, education, behavioral issues, social/economic issues, finances and technology.

Utah has a higher rate of Down syndrome per capita than the nation.

"In Utah, about one in 740 babies are born with Down syndrome and, nationally, one in every 848 babies is a baby born with Down syndrome," Chisholm said.

The event is expected to be held annually.