This topic for this post is stolen from Nicole.
Brian Skotko is an amazing young man. He has a sibling with Down syndrome, is a highly educated doctor, is the co-author of one of my favourite picture books, and is doing some interesting research into the more social aspects of families who have a child with Down syndrome (including how doctors inform parents of the diagnosis and effect on siblings).
I agree with Nicole that the world would be a better place if everyone had a close friend or relative with Down syndrome. And Brian is a shining example of how wonderfully his sister has affected his life.
"Disorder Doesn't Mean Doomed" is a great article and shares some of Brian's views. Please visit his web site by clicking his name above and read that article too to get a real picture of Down syndrome