For those conceived with developmental disability, it is the best and worst of times”

Conor Friedersdorf for The Atlantic:

Last week… Special Olympian, and advocate Frank Stephens gave this testimony to Congress: I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.”

In fact, he went farther: I have a great life!”

For those conceived with his developmental disability, it is the best and worst of times. The life expectancy for someone born with Down syndrome has increased from twenty-five in the early 1980s to more than fifty today,” Caitrin Keiper writes in The New Atlantis. In many other ways as well, a child born with Down syndrome today has brighter prospects than at any other point in history. Early intervention therapies, more inclusive educational support, legal protections in the workplace, and programs for assisted independent living offer a full, active future in the community.”

But as she goes on to explain, the abortion rate for fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome tops ninety percent.”


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November 3, 2017 · culture · Conor Friedersdorf · the Atlantic · Frank Stephens · Down syndrome

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