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Gifts : Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives

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Friday, October 14, 2005

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Recently there have been several articles printing on the front page of the Wall Street Journal regarding Down syndrome, and these didn't focus on the early termination techniques that are constantly in the news! Wonderful!

Here is one, A Young Woman With Disabilities Plans Her Wedding and Carrie and her fiance Suj both have websites you can look at as they are both accomplished artists and musicians respectively.

Another WSJ article A Brother's Survey Touches a Nerve In Abortion Fight focused on a medical student, Brian Skotko, who we had the pleasure meeting at the July 2005 NADS/NDSS conference in Chicago, and who's sister, Alison, was a speaker for our Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation parent group last August in the sibling panel presentation. Alison is promising me she is going to get with me on some ideas for a sibling support group, and I know she will as she is a fantastic young woman. Brian was just featured on Good Morning America yesterday, and on NPR too. (click on the "Listen" section on the top of the web to hear the 45 minute interview, which also features Carrie Bergeron.)

In observance of October's National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, here is a PSA on how we should view the person, not the sterotype. How wonderful would that be if all could do this!