down syndrome

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    Dangerous misconceptions about Down syndrome and abortion

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    If you have a choice and you're told more than 90 percent of people choose A over B, are you more likely to choose A? Do you wonder...
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    Down syndrome: Why I don't want my child to hug everyone

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    I'll never forget the first time I thought, "My child will *never* do that." I was at our first Buddy Walk, which raises awareness...
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    How we're failing children with special needs

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    The stories are heinous in different ways and the common denominator is heartbreaking — a mother of a teenage boy with autism kills...
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    My son lived for 10 days, and changed my life

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    Lisa Simonsen is tough. At 42, unmarried but wanting to be a mom, she went through IVF to conceive her son, Carter. Months into her...
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    Has Facebook changed parenting?

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    As Facebook celebrates 10 years of likes and pokes, parents reflect on the pros and cons of parenting in the age of tagging,...
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    Special needs evaluations: Praying your child doesn't perform

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    If your child has a disability, you will spend hours with strangers who seem intent on pointing out your child's flaws. It's OK. I...
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    Alternative therapies for kids with Down syndrome

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    Pediasure, Nutrivene, Juice Plus, green tea extract… manufacturers and parents tout dramatic differences when these...
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    Mommy confession: I only see Down syndrome

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    Many moms of children with Down syndrome can tell you the moment they either started or stopped seeing their child's Down syndrome...
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    Down syndrome diagnosis: Find support, not propaganda

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    When the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) team established its Parents First Call Program to provide 24/7 support to...
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    Is Down syndrome community pro-life or pro-choice?

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    Down syndrome advocacy organizations claim the medical community doesn't offer balanced information after a prenatal or at-birth...
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    I'm jealous of your kid's disability

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    I’m not proud to confess this, but sometimes I think honesty is the only way for mothers to really connect. Here’s my truth: I’ve...
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    Surviving (and enjoying!) holidays with a child with special needs

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    Holidays can be stressful enough with family members you love to pieces but sometimes want to strangle. If you have a child with...
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    Down syndrome: After high school, what's next?

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    Whether you receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome or learn of your child’s extra chromosome after birth, you...
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    I support children and adults with special needs

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    Growing up in a big family taught Jenny to value the support and love of her parents. As an adult, she’s embraced the foster...
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    Does marketing Down syndrome educate or mislead?

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    Inspiration porn. Children with Down syndrome on catalog covers. Photos, videos and quotes shared and re-shared through social...
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    I have Down syndrome and run my own business

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    A Down syndrome diagnosis doesn’t mean a child will live with his or her parents forever and never have a job. In fact,...
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    The link between Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome

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    Does Alzheimer’s disease scare you? Does Down syndrome confuse you? The link between the two should excite every parent or...
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    The truth about sleep studies in children with Down syndrome

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    When your child’s sleep study technician waves goodbye with tears in his eyes at 4 a.m., your gut tells you the night’s...
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    When families fail parents of children with special needs

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    Learning your child has been born with a birth defect, a disability or a life-threatening condition inevitably breaks a...
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    What you need to know about IEPs

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    If you have a child with special needs, you likely will spend his or her entire school-aged life developing plans as part of an...