Change Your Attitude About Down Syndrome

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.

Shila Chowdhury, CCNY

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One Response to Change Your Attitude About Down Syndrome

  1. Samantha D. Carreon says:

    I think you picked a really great topic. It’s great that you’re trying to inform others about what Down Syndrome actually is; I agree that too many people are misinformed or not informed at all. While going through your essay, I also thought that you used a good variety of sources – integrating references from the media (the Family Guy clip) really supported your point. Concluding your paper with a challenge was also a good technique; it made me as a reader feel as if the “journey” you spoke of did not end as I finished your essay.

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