I worked with Down’s Syndrome kids (under the age of 18) and young adults (under the age of 21). Both supervision and side-by-side. I lived on-site with Down’s Syndrome kids and young adults, before they were de-institutionalized. I continue to be involved with an autistic person.
I was reading the thread with mild interest, in spite of the insulting impugnations cast by the other thread responders, who evidently couldn’t handle the idea of asking questions as a means of gathering information, and (in a very American way) would probably reject the idea of grouping people under a category like “Down’s Syndrome”
I thought that the requests, by the original poster, for clarification, were completely reasonable requests for clarification, such as might be made in any GC thread.
So although I don’t object to the closing of the thread, which was being dominated by asshole responses, I’m particularly pissed off that the OP has been blamed, and that (implicitly) discussion of Down’s Syndrome is off-limits for GC.
“Down’s Syndrome” kids are a popular target for feel-good charity because the’re mostly co-operative and easily pleased (not like some other groups). But they are also isolated and disparaged and shoved out of sight because they have a syndrome that includes poor voice control and poor muscle tone. I’ve seen people I know criticized in public for those reasons.
I was happy to see a question about “Down’s Syndrome”, contemptuous of those who tried to shut it out, and saddened that the SDMB sided with those assholes.