Day 6: A concern for new parents may be how Down syndrome will affect their other children or future children, so let's talk about quality of life for siblings of someone with Down syndrome. Here are some stats from a study done on 822 siblings. "More than 96% of brothers/sisters that responded to the survey indicated that they had affection toward their sibling with DS; and 94% of older siblings expressed feelings of pride. Less than 10% felt embarrassed, and less than 5% expressed a desire to trade their sibling in for another brother or sister without DS. Among older siblings, 88% felt that they were better people because of their siblings with DS, and more than 90% plan to remain involved in their sibling's lives as they become adults." In other words, the effect Down syndrome has on siblings is OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE. Now you know!
L doesn't have a sibling so here she is with her cousin. It's the best we could get of them.