Velasquez, Leticia
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Leticia Velasquez is a co-founder of Keep Infants with Down Syndrome. She writes from Connecticut.


Christina has trisomy 21, but socially she makes her extra chromosome count.

I was accustomed to my daughter being inconspicuous. For the first six years of her life, Christina, who has Down syndrome, had lived in a town where faces like hers were commonplace. We lived on Long Island, New York, in a village with a collection of group homes for the disabled. It was common to see adults with Down syndrome going to work, to the store, attending church, and socializing.

Date posted: 2010-12-08

No more "mental retardation". So?

Early last month President Barack Obama signed a law decreeing that federal statutes must no longer use the term "mental retardation". The phrase replacing it will be "intellectual disability". Many Down syndrome advocates were jubilant. But I am more skeptical. Drawing a new word from the thesaurus is not enough. We have to respect the right of the mentally disabled to exist. We need to stop aborting them.

Date posted: 2010-12-08