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African Americans and Down Syndrome: A Grandmother’s Journal: “Watching Him Shine” (Part 2)

Of all the things a mother wishes for her grown daughter–a healthy, thriving child is certainly one of them.  But when Tia Johnson of New Jersey, learned that her daughter was pregnant with a baby boy who tested positive for Down Syndrome, she experienced a whole suite of emotions. She shares the gripping details of […]

A Mother’s Story: African Americans and Down Syndrome: “This was not a death sentence. My child has potential.” (Part 1)

There are many misconceptions about Down Syndrome, especially in the African American community. Some people believe that black children don’t get Down Syndrome.  Although, recent studies show that African Americans have the lowest reported prevalence of Down Syndrome, it certainly occurs in our community. Also, unfortunately, the average life expectancy for an African American in the U.S. with […]

Designer Duds and a Disaster at the Dentist: Did Race Play a Part?

A few weeks ago my daughter had her first appointment at a dentist in our new neighborhood. We hadn’t been there before. And even though I spent the day working in a comfy leggings and a tunic, when it came time to make this first time appointment, I pulled out my nicest Calvin Klein "I-just-came-from-work" […]