Learning Disability Today
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Time for more complex stories about people with Down’s syndrome

As a parent of a teenager with Down’s syndrome, I’ve seen many newspaper articles about the condition. In the almost 13 years since my son Stan was born, these articles have, in equal measure, encouraged me, upset me, pleasantly surprised me and made me feel patronised. I talk about this in the book that I’ve written about Stan – Down’s with the kids. Usually though, the message has been overwhelmingly positive. And then, the other day; the bombshell. A wholly negative article. But first, some context.  There have been some great articles in newspapers, raising Down’s syndrome awareness, but I


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