But you know something, you cant really blame anybody. When I was not so familiar with kids with special needs, I didnt look at kids with ds either. Nowadays, it became part of my everday life. I think they are adorable. I have a sil who has a son, and two nieces with daughters, and they are fressable. We all love them to pieces.
PS, can anyone tell me about the Heart to Heart thing posted above? What is it?
It's an organization run by Rabbi Eliezer Goldstock, for chizuk and counseling for people who have a down syndrome baby. They started it to help parents see that they have the ability to keep their child, and raise them, and do not have to give up for adoption.
The Goldstocks are personally the parents of a DS daughter, who they are raising, and IIRC she was attending the mainstream Bais Rivka girls school, who made accomodations for her.
It's exactly the kind of organization you were asking about!
The Goldstocks have also adopted a boy with DS, who by now is most likely a bochur. I used to be in touch with them. They have a Mendel and their daughter is Sarah'la (Mushka). Very lovely people. It's been eons ago since I spoke to them....
I compiled a lot of the info here together and printed it out. I also included a bunch of articles from DSAU.org.
Thank you, d.s.!!
(BTW, I enjoyed reading your site a lot. I also went through some articles I saved from high school- and I found one by you, "Making up for Moishy.")
So anyone who volunteered to speak to the parents, they might call soon if they decide to.