A Birth That Launched a Down Syndrome Test

April 26, 2016

(NPR) – In the 1960s — an era before neurodiversity movements and early intervention programs — many people still called people with Down syndrome “mongoloids.” Playwright Arthur Miller institutionalized his son, Daniel, in 1966. A few years later, an article in The Atlantic Monthly argued that “a Down’s is not a person.” Lee and Len Herzenberg had seen friends struggle with the birth of a child with Down syndrome and had even gone with a colleague to an institution, where he dropped off his own infant daughter.