3,000 People Tell Us What We Already Knew

As reported by online magazine Disability Scoop, having a child with Down syndrome may come as a surprise, but it’s a good experience, families are reporting in a trio of new surveys. 

Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 family members and people with the chromosomal disorder across the country for what’s believed to be one of the largest looks at life with Down syndrome.

“The vast majority of parents said they have a more positive outlook on life because of their child with Down syndrome. And, nearly 90 percent of siblings indicated that they feel like they are better people because of their brother or sister with the developmental disability.  Nearly all of the survey respondents with Down syndrome said they were happy with their lives, themselves and their appearance. Only 4 percent said they felt sad about their life.”

This is most reaffirming at a time when prenatal testing increasingly leads to abortion and a jury awards a couple nearly 3 million dollars for “wrongful birth” because they were mistakenly assured their baby would be “perfect.”

In conjunction with 2012 International Down Syndrome Day on March 21, a new video was created that is just amazing and movingly reinforces the above findings.  You can find it on our Media page. It’s called What Would You Say To Yourself?”

Diane Grover, who is co-founder of the International Down Syndrome Coalition, personally created this video.  We are adding her organization’s beautiful website to our Links page with our highest recommendation.