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The Wisdom of Down Syndrome was the first of a four-part, summer-long series of multiple-part episodes of The Best Medicine on WKCR-FM. The Best Medicine was a radio show and podcast that uses story-telling to shed light on medicine through a new prism. The show considers medical conditions not only as biological science, but as a shared human experience, a source of compassion, and a well of hope. The Best Medicine was a production of WKCR 89.9 FM and WKCR HD-1, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Society is increasingly providing, to individuals with Down Syndrome, resources tailored to enrich their lives. As this happens, we all learn lessons about accomplishment, ability, compassion, and what makes every human valuable. Researchers, meanwhile, are finding new ways not only to help Down Syndrome patients achieve their dreams, but are also discovering special skills — such as non-verbal communication and unique kinds of emotional awareness — which the condition seems to engender. We speak with a leading advocate, a neuroscientist, and a mother and her daughter with Down Syndrome, about the insights of this sometimes beautiful, sometimes challenging, medical condition. Continue reading “WKCR: The Wisdom of Down Syndrome” »