Many young adults with Down's Syndrome pursue further education. Some also gain employment, usually on a part-time basis, but this will depend on the individual.
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With help and support, many adults with Down's Syndrome are able to lead an active and fairly independent life. Although it may not be possible to live completely independently, increasing numbers of adults with Down's Syndrome are leaving home and living in their communities with support.
Adults with Down's Syndrome often move into property owned and staffed by a housing association, where staff can provide different levels of support depending on the individual's particular needs.
If necessary, a social worker may be able to help with difficulties finding accommodation. An Occupational Therapist can offer practical advice to help make independent living easier.
Many people with Down's Syndrome enter loving relationships, although they may need guidance and support when it comes to things like contraception.
Men and women with Down's Syndrome tend to have a reduced fertility rate. This does not mean they cannot conceive children, but it does make it more difficult.
Those who decide to have children will usually need specialist guidance and support to help them cope with the physical and mental demands of a newborn baby.
If one partner in a couple has Down's Syndrome, there is around a one in two chance of each of their children having Down's Syndrome, too. The risk of miscarriage and premature birth is also greater in women with Down's Syndrome.
Someone with Down's Syndrome may have the capacity to make some decisions (for example, to decide what items to buy at the local shop), but lack capacity to make other decisions (for example, making decisions about complex financial issues).
Where someone is judged not to have the capacity to make a specific decision (after a capacity assessment), that decision can be taken for them, but it must be in their best interests.