A study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics reports that parents, siblings, and children/adults with Down syndrome have had positive life experiences related to Down syndrome. One statistic definitely resonates with me: 79% of parents surveyed felt their outlook on life was positive because of their child with DS. Auggie has certainly changed my life view...for the best. Please check out this article:
Chelsea Werner, a young lady with Down syndrome, has wowed people all over the globe with her abilities as a gymnast. Check out this article discussing the 10 years that she has put into gymnastics and the pay-offs. I know I have looked at my son with Down syndrome and thought that gymnastics most certainly should be in his future (his feet are his arm rests in his car seat)...This article gives me even more confidence!
I just recently watched a documentary, "Shorty" about a man in his 50's with Down syndrome named Walter Simms. He worked at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, primarily with the football team. This film follows an incredible legacy that he created at Hampden-Sydney and how his presence affected students, faculty/staff, and friends of Hampden-Sydney. I recommend checking it out. It is available on Netflix through the disc rental.