Our little baby boy (we will call him Kismat), lay on his stomach, very still. By this time, he should have been turning independently from side to side, holding his head steady and smiling at his mum. So, I explained that Kismat had low muscle tone.
A toddler had a little help with her modelling turn, holding on to an adult as she wore a peach outfit with a tutu. And another young woman wore a leopard coat over a T-Shirt with the message: "Go Love Yourself."
Children with Down Syndrome typically face delays in certain areas of development, so early intervention is highly recommended. It can begin at any time after birth, but the sooner it starts, the better.
The disorder is associated with slow physical growth, unique facial features and intellectual disability. According to the Down Syndrome Federation of India, one in every 800 to 1,000 live births is a child with Down syndrome.
"Only a woman could take care of a child," Tiwari was told when he decided to adopt a child with special needs. The youngest single adoptive parent in India eventually proved he was no less than any mother.
World Down Syndrome Day, which is a global awareness day, is observed every year on March 21. It is celebrated on the 21st as it signifies the uniqueness of the 21st chromosome, which causes the disorder.