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The Congratulations Project: Encouraging parents of children with Down syndrome

Far too often, parents receiving a Down syndrome diagnosis for their children are given little support. One group of young adults aims to change that.

At CAMP PALS, a camp for young adults with Down syndrome, campers write letters to parents who have likely been given only bad news about their babies. The Mighty reports on this effort, The Congratulations Project

Often times, when a child is born with Down syndrome, doctors accompany the news with an “I’m sorry.” They may throw out a bunch of facts, figures and medical jargon, creating one, big overwhelming experience for a new parent. It’s certainly not the way to welcome a new life into the world. So what’s the right thing to tell a new parent of a child with Down syndrome? How about “Congratulations”?

See samples of campers’ letters here.

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