What is the problem with Down syndrome? I have been struggling with this, but I think it is not so much whether there is a problem (there’s not), but the drive behind the creation of a “problem” label. It is not, in and of itself, anything but a genetic condition. Just like anyone who lives on this earth, health outcomes are wide and varied. Most will have an intellectual disability and many get hung up on that. I see no inherent problem with intellectual disability, however. Intellectual disability has no guaranteed bearing on quality of life, as far as I can see. Some people live happy lives, some people don’t, intellectual disability or not.
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