March 28, 1992 |
Andrea Friedman has Down's syndrome. Some might think she lives in seclusion, hidden from normal people and normal dreams. But Friedman, 21, has never adhered to labels and limitations. She drives a car, attends college and, on Sunday night, will perform before millions.
February 27, 2006 |
LEROY GIGLI noticed a change in his brother Dennis a few years ago. "All of a sudden he began to forget things ... where he'd put his wallet, his watch, etc.," Leroy says. Dennis, in his mid-50s at the time, was much younger than most people who come down with Alzheimer's disease. But Leroy knew his brother had an added risk factor.
October 11, 2004
Re "Special Ed Costs Uniting Schools," Oct. 6: Saddleback schools Supt. Jerry Gross is a horrific example of the type of administrator that parents of special-needs kids have to deal with. "Some parents see us as the goose laying the golden egg," he said. Is an appropriate education for my son really a "golden egg"? He acts as if my son won the lottery by being autistic. Does he have any idea how much of our own money we spend every year on treatment? This obvious collusion of the Orange County school districts to use education funds to fight to avoid paying for services is why so many parents resort to court.
March 2, 1986 |
For most parents, Down's Syndrome isn't something we remember to discuss without our children. That is, of course, not until we happen to be out in public and they point to a person with the chromosome abnormality, then to our embarrassment, blurt, "Who's that? " Do we mumble some benign answer or just turn the grocery cart down another aisle? Unfortunately, this picture book doesn't help adults know what to say at that moment.
May 22, 1993 |
"Life Goes On" probably has done more to help people with Down syndrome than anything else in the last 20 years. We will certainly miss it. (The final original episode airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC, Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42.) When the series premiered in 1989, most of the public were still in the Dark Ages about the disorder, which is caused by an extra 21st chromosome received at conception from the ovum or sperm and which causes varying degrees of mental retardation.
June 13, 1989 |
The American Film Institute will present the 15th annual Global Village Documentary Festival--consisting of 25 film, video and made-for-television documentaries--in its Mark Goodson Screening Room nightly from Friday through June 24. Living up to its title, the festival offers works ranging from Central America to AIDS to child abuse to a 190-minute chronicle about a Houston neighborhood that has experienced integration, blockbusting, white flight...
November 26, 1987 |
Ultrasound tests can help identify pregnant women who may be carrying Down's syndrome fetuses and therefore should undergo amniocentesis, the best available prenatal diagnostic tool for the syndrome, a new report published today says. Doctors generally urge pregnant women 35 or older to undergo amniocentesis, a procedure that carries some risk to the fetus because it involves extracting fluids from the amniotic sac with a needle.
November 17, 1985 |
Sandra Hembd of Cypress and Becky Raabe of Orange have learned a lot about the myriad "syndromes" that can affect children. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, for instance, Hembd's 16-year-old son, Mike, hovered over his twin brother, Mark, punching buttons on a calculator and offering Mark help on his math homework. Sandra Hembd gave a resigned sigh. Some "mothering" by one sibling is a common aspect of "twin syndrome" and should be expected, she said. On Thursday afternoon, Raabe's 25-month-old daughter, Carrie, danced some nutty toddler steps in the family's living room and shrieked with unbridled exuberance.
December 22, 1985
Congratulations to executive producer Philip Capice and Lorimar Productions for their accurate and sensitive "Dallas" story line about the Krebbs' baby with Down's Syndrome. Stories like this and last year's "Fall Guy" episode with Jason Kingsley will dispel the old myths and teach the public the truth about Down's Syndrome and how much these citizens have to offer our communities. Joanne Duerr, Los Angeles