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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Questions and answers about Down syndrome..

The announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential running mate of John McCain has sparked a national conversation about Down syndrome and I couldn't be more thrilled! I wanted to share a very well written article by Patricia Bauer from this morning. The article, "Questions, we get answers" provides a well rounded and accurate summary of Down syndrome - in a question answer format. Here's a glimpse -

"6.) Are there other high profile people with family members with Down syndrome?
Let’s see –
Former French president Charles de Gaulle (daughter); former vice president Hubert Humphrey (granddaughter); former senator and governor Lowell Weicker (son); entertainers Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (daughter); St. Louis Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols (daughter); Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (son); Congressman Pete Sessions (son); D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (daughter); journalist George Will (son); playwright Arthur Miller (son); Emmy-winning Sesame Street writer Emily Perl Kingsley (son); celebrity chef Nigella Lawson (niece); Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx (sister); actor John C. McGinley (son); and Rosario Marin (son), the former treasurer of the United States and current secretary of California’s State and Consumer Services Agency.

And let’s not forget the high-profile people who themselves have Down syndrome: Chris Burke and Andrea Friedman, the actors with Down syndrome who starred in television’s “Life Goes On” series; Karen Gaffney, who swam across Lake Tahoe; Brad Hennefer, who earned two varsity letters (golf and basketball) in high school; actor Luke Zimmerman; actor Blair Williamson

Interesting fact: Down syndrome was first described in the 19th century by British physician John Langdon Down. Nine years after his death, his grandson was born — with Down syndrome."

please see this link http://www.patriciaebauer.com/2008/09/05/questions-we-get-questions/ for the entire article.

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