Technically, yes. However, many young adults with Down Syndrome are learning challenged, do not live independently and often are afflicted with medical illness such as leukemia and heart disease. Life expectancy is expanding with time but still somewhat shorter than the average adult. Therefore, many young adults with Trisomy 21 do not have the desire, will, or understanding to be parents without a great deal of support.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics