Although her son doesn't have Down syndrome, I thought that this opinion piece published in Albany, New York's Times Union paper, might touch a few hearts.
Mary Jo Herbert, mom to a 17 year old son that has, as she puts it - "a slew of disabilities," muses about what she has learned over the years. In her own way, she discusses the limitations of prenatal testing and the inherent risks of becoming a parent. All too often, we take for granted that we have control over our pregnancies - the old "if you do everything right, everything will be all right" myth that is so pervasive in our society. Ms. Herbert confronts this myth head-on and rather eloquently in my opinion.
Do you every get questions about what "caused" your child's disability? How do you deal with them?