Down Syndrome

The following are various links to posts specifically about Down syndrome and how my youngest daughter's diagnosis has affected our family (in a lot of great ways!)

With the exception of The Jaguar Children, the posts are listed from the more recent posts to the oldest posts.

The Jaguar Children: The worship of those with Down syndrome in ancient culture 

Should I Keep My Baby With Down Syndrome, Or Should I Abort?
I Am Pro-Choice And I Have A Child With Down Syndrome
What Are People With Down Syndrome Like?
A New Prenatal Blood Test for Down Syndrome - Some Facts
What If?
Some of My Favorite IEP Goals for The Skink
Do Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Twins Have Down Syndrome?
Pictorial History of The Skink!
Imagination Tuesday
Buddy Walk Picnic Day!
Helping Disabled Orphans Find Homes!
The Skink Turns Four!
How to Smack Your Doctor!

Here are some *recent statistics on Down syndrome that your doctor may or may not share with you:

• 99 percent of parent/guardians said they loved their child with Down syndrome
• 79 percent of parents felt their outlook on life was more positive because of their child
• 94 percent of siblings 12 and older expressed feelings of pride about their sibling 
• 88 percent of siblings 12 and older said they felt they were better people because of their sibling with Down syndrome

And of 284 people with Down syndrome who were interviewed (average age of 23):

• 99 percent said they were happy with their lives
• 97 percent liked who they are
• 96 percent liked how they look
• 86 percent indicated they could make friends easily
• And only 4 percent expressed sadness about their life. (What percentage of "typical" 23-year-olds would say that?)

Resource Links:


Amazing People With Down Syndrome:
Eagle Scout w/ DS 

Educational Programs/Toys for Children With Down Syndrome:
The Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential