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LIVING WITH DOWN’S SYNDROME — Guardian Weekend

Most womenIMG_2615 whose babies are diagnosed with Down’s syndrome end the pregnancy. But with a more accurate test on the horizon, a group of parents want to change perceptions. Olivia Gordon reports

 

 

 

 

I’m so happy to have written this piece, which has been in my mind for some years now. Thank you to all the wonderful people who spoke to me and helped me research.

The word count was, of course, limited and there is so much more to say. One thing there wasn’t space for is the point that the viral videos we often see these days of people with Down’s with wonderful achievements mean well, but while parents of children with Down’s celebrate their achievements and can, these days, expect them to grow up to have relationships, work and live with a good degree of independence, a child who does not achieve, who does not do ‘normal’ things, is no less loved and wanted.

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