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Why 'More Alike Than Different' Disregards Some People With Down Syndrome

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I am sitting in the chair at the hair salon, braced for the small talk that inevitably comes. I have a new stylist so we cover the basic topics — where I live, what I did last weekend, do I have any kids? “I have a son named Bobby,” I answer. “He’s 13.” “Uh oh,” the stylist responds. “Has the teenage attitude started yet?” “Not really.

He’s a good kid.” “Does he like sports? Is he into video games?” I pause a bit awkwardly. In these pandemic times, Bobby spends hours every day outside swinging or jumping on his trampoline.

When he comes inside, it’s to watch shows, like “Word World” or “Pocoyo,” that are typically watched by very young children.

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