This post was written by a student in Lynn Reid’s Writing for the Sciences class at the City College of New York. After researching a scientifically debatable topic and writing about it for an audience of academic peers, this assignment asks students to present a multi-modal argument of the same topic to a popular audience.
This project is more of a friendly informative piece that looks at Down syndrome from society’s perspective rather than a scientific one. I mention what young American’s views are of people with Down syndrome. Turns out, most Americans are not so knowledgeable about the causes of Down syndrome. Their negative attitude towards people with Down syndrome is rooted from their ignorance. Therefore, I took it as an initiative to teach the public about the basic causes and symptoms of Down syndrome. I also, try to empower people to change their apathetic attitude towards people with Down syndrome by providing examples of individuals with Down syndrome who have overcome their obstacles and became successful. The basic message is to provide educational opportunities to people with Down syndrome because they too have potential to succeed. http://notebook.zoho.com/nb/public/schy123/page/338499000000003171
Shila Chowdhury, CCNY