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Down Syndrome: The Paradox

There has been tremendous progress in overall life expectancy, IQ levels, and many other quality of life measures for persons with Down Syndrome over the last 30 years. The Executive Director of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Michelle Whitten, writes about “The Story of Two Syndromes” on their website. The “Old Syndrome”, referencing before the 1980’s in the U.S., was characterized by institutionalization, limited access to education, marginalized healthcare, and short life spans. The average life expectancy for a person with Down Syndrome in the 1980’s was only 28 years old. Fortunately, public policy and litigation in the 1970’s and going forward started a significant shift away from institutional services and toward community living, improved health care, and educational access. The “New Syndrome” ultimately resulted in a dramatic improvement in life span such that today’s average... Continue Reading 

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ABLE and ADA Anniversary

ABLE and ADA Anniversary This entry will remind us that the landmark Civil Rights legislation known as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1990, continues to have far reaching implications for our nation’s citizens with disabilities.  Even as we prepare... Continue Reading 

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Let’s Get to REAL WORK

There was a recent report that the State of Rhode Island hasn’t complied with key elements of a landmark settlement agreement with United States Department of Justice.  That settlement reached in 2013 required that some 3,000 persons with intellectual disability be employed... Continue Reading 

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