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Season 2 of Born This Way Digs Deeper and Stays Real

During the first season of A&E’s groundbreaking Born This Way, we got to meet seven young adults with Down syndrome and their parents. In six short episodes, fans fell in love with these dynamic individuals. Critics did too. So much so that the show has been nominated for three Emmy awards including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and received a Television Academy Honors Award.

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The Continuum of Down Syndrome

QuestionnnnHave you ever been asked
the question?”

I’d guess the question most frequently posed to parents of a child who has Down syndrome is “Did you know before he was born?” or “Didn’t you get tested?”

Next on the list of FAQ’s would be “How severe is it?”

The first question is offensive because it assumes that if you did know you would have chosen not to go forward with the pregnancy.  The other is equally troublesome because of the implication that there is some type of measure for the amount of chromosome 21 that exists within the cells of people who have Down syndrome.  Both queries reflect the general population’s misunderstanding of who our loved ones are: valuable human beings with every right to exist and be who they are.

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