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Children with syndrome can live full lives

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In the Empire on April 25, there was a statement that implied that children with Down syndrome are automatically mentally retarded.

I want to point out that this is a dishonorable stereotype and far from accurate. A child with Down syndrome may have slower physical and cognitive development and may have mild to moderate mental retardation or may function within the normal range of intelligence.

Children with Down syndrome can live full and productive lives and like any other children may learn differently and may require a few extra hands to guide them.

Nonetheless, giving a child a "one-size-fits-all" diagnosis is wrong, and I hope this will prompt you and others to do a little more research on what Down syndrome is and is not.

Carmen Mastronardo Katasse

Juneau



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