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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 | Greg Miller, Special to The Times
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.
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.
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.
June 13, 1989 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
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...
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
November 22, 1987
"Kids Like These" (a movie about Down's syndrome) was beautifully done. My name is Louise Brown. I am retarded and I have Down's syndrome. I was so touched by this program. You should know that we were watching. You should have the feelings we have just because we are very special people with special needs. Well, that's how it is all about us. Louise Brown, Palos Verdes Peninsula
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