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The Upside of Downs

There are approximately 6,000 babies born with Downs Syndrome each year in the United States according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control.  That is 1 in every 700 children born.  There are undoubtedly questions and concerns from parents who wonder how this will impact the lived family experience.

In her new book The Upside of Downs, Central New Yorker Lisa Palermo Matto takes us on a journey full of adventure and funny stories about her daughter Marlee, who was born with Downs Syndrome, and the joy and wonder that Marlee brings to those around her.  Lisa joins Joe Lee on The Conversation to talk about how she stopped being concerned about raising a child with Downs Syndrome and learned to embrace the joy of parenting.

Joseph Lee (Joe) is the Director and General Manager of WAER FM, a 50,000 watt National Public Radio affiliate owned and operated by Syracuse University. His 30 year career in public media has been focused on providing enriching content that educates, enlightens, and informs civil discourse and cultural expression.