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Down Syndrome Chapter IV

For centuries, people with Down syndrome (DS) were assumed to be uneducable, a lost cause, not fully human.

Breakthroughs in early intervention and education have demonstrated that people with DS can do more than anyone ever dreamed, and today there are actors, poets, and other accomplished people with DS, many living more than twice as long as was once thought possible.

Ironically, at the exact same time, genetic screening for the condition has become widely available, and many people are choosing to terminate DS pregnancies.

Jason lives in a lonely demographic. He is too bright for most others with Down syndrome; they can't keep up with his verbal abilities, his puns, his…

"The primary job of most parents is to make their kids think they can do anything; my primary job is to take him down. Reduced to a sentence, it's,…

John Langdon Down proposed that human evolution had gone from black people to Asians to white people, and that white people born with Mongolism were actually…

In 1968, the ethicist Joseph Fletcher wrote in the Atlantic Monthly that there was "no reason to feel guilty about putting a Down's syndrome baby…

Early intervention is the full expression of the nature-over-nurture argument—the ultimate triumph of psychoanalysis, civil rights, and empathy…

"I'll tell them all the good things and some difficulties. The parents may never accept what happened to them and yet accept their child. They're…

Some parents manufacture an affirmative construction of their child's disability to disguise their despair, while others have a deep and genuine experience…

"People still give up their child. People still have abortions when they find out. I'm not here to judge it. You hate lima beans, I love lima beans.…

Every parent, without exception, reported on children who tried hard to please them. Stubborn, intractable when stuck on an idea, they nonetheless had…

"In the Torah, they describe building this huge tabernacle out in the wilderness with two angels facing each other, because that is where God exists,…

"If you gather a whole group of six-year-olds together, they'll have a much wider range of ability than any single six-year-old. So one might have…

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