My son Anthony has Down Syndrome - He is amazing, sweet, cuddly, and he has his moody days. Today he doesn't want to nap and seems to have a tickle in his throat.
After his playgroup at the library today, Valerie, the nana of Ant's friend Nathan, informed me of the ignorant behavior of a mother-yes, another mother. Apparently a few weeks ago, when her son, Rock, went to sit next to Anthony, she said(and outloud supposedly, cuz i amazingly didn't hear this ugly comment) outloud how Anthony had Down Syndrome and she didn't want Rock to sit next to him. --It's so sad that people actually think this way. It's probably a good thing I did miss her say it. Between the MDSC(Mass. DS Congress) and the national DS e Congress, strides have been made where ALL the individuals who have that extra chromosone will be treated like the rest of us.
More people need to be educated about all special needs. DS is not contagious. The love and goodness of Anthony is contagious as he makes most people we encounter smile and they would all be more than happy to sit next to him and even give him a hug. :)