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Textbook Describing Down Syndrome as "Error" Subject of Controversy - featured June 14, 2010

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[Source: Disability Scoop and the Brockton Enterprise]

A Massachusetts couple is asking their son’s school district to remove a science textbook that refers to Down syndrome as an “error,” concerned the characterization could lead to bullying.

Books used by seventh graders in Bridgewater, Mass. schools describe Down syndrome by saying “the extra chromosome is the result of an error during meiosis.” The section on the chromosomal disorder also uses the term “mental retardation.”

That description didn’t sit well with Tom and Pauline Lewis. Their son Ian, 14, has Down syndrome and they say the language in the textbook is outdated and could leave Ian’s classmates with a negative view of him and others with the disorder.

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Tags: News of the Week Down Syndrome Newsletter 18 June 2010