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The latest research surrounding Down’s syndrome will be the focus of a global event beginning in Glasgow.

The city is hosting the World Down Syndrome Congress as it comes to Scotland for the first time.

The event at the Scottish Event Campus will present studies on research in health, education, employment, independent living and leisure.

The city will welcome more than 1,200 health care professionals, families and people with Down’s syndrome.

The three-day event will be officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Held every two years in venues across the world since the 1990s, the congress brings together a global community of people affected by Down’s syndrome, “to meet, learn and share experiences”. The previous event was held in Chennai, India.

During the opening ceremony, Mr Swinney will address over 1,000 delegates from across the world, followed by a procession where over 70 representatives with Down’s syndrome will carry their national flags into the SEC, piped in by Ross Inglis who also has learning disabilities.


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