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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Down Syndrome Education for Med Students

Dr. Julia Kinder, who is a family practice physician, and has an 8-year old daughter with Down syndrome, created a petition to require complete education on Down syndrome for 3rd year medical students.

After her experience of going through medical school she feels that medical schools don't "realize the far-reaching implications of this diagnosis into our society, influencing how we view and accept people with disabilities." She doesn't feel as if her medical training prepared her for understanding what it would be like to have a child with Down syndrome and she has counseled hundreds of new parents who have the same opinion.

You can visit her website for more information.

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Someone left this link on one of my older posts (thanks hodonn!) and I thought it was a great article and wanted to share it on my blog.

Stephen becomes first councillor in the UK with Down syndrome. I don't know what a councillor in the parish does, (can anyone explain this to me ... Rebecca, can you ask your husband?) but kuddos to Stephen for going for what he wanted to do. I love this quote from him, "I want to help other people in the community I've grown up and lived in all my life."

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2 comments:

Meredith Hilton said...

Our family just got to do participate in a presentation to the Emory med students and it was amazing! This is so important and I'm glad more people are trying to push for it! You can check our our experience here: http://chaseandmore.blogspot.com/2012/10/presentation-for-emory-med-students.html

Becca said...

Sorry, just saw this! LOL I'll ask him tonight... :-)