Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Suspicious Alison

Head over to Amy Julia Becker's blog to read the post she invited me to write about the proposed "cure" for Down syndrome:  "My Suspicions about 'Curing' Down Syndrome."

I'm not saying no, but I'm not saying yes.


  1. Hmmm. I have a hard time seeing this as a bad thing. Cognition is just a stew of chemicals and electrical impulses - my (admittedly ltd) understanding of the research is that it will make the stew work better (Tastier? My analogies always go off track.) I cannot accept that a faster processing time or more intuitive understanding of long division would alter my girl's basic personality or subtract from her sheer awesomeness. It might help her to talk and make it easier for the rest of the world to appreciate & love her as I do and that is a tempting, tempting thought.

    1. Yeah, I think it's the notion of "the cure" that creeps me out. Obviously I'm on board for all the cognitive changes that come about through education (hello, extensive graduate school)--and I do take plenty of drugs myself. SO...suspicious. But not opposed.