Argentine woman with Down syndrome inspires as teacher
Oct24

Argentine woman with Down syndrome inspires as teacher

When Noelia Garella was a child, a nursery school rejected her as a “monster.” Now 31, she is in a class of her own. In the face of prejudice, she is the first person with Down syndrome to work as a preschool teacher in Argentina — and one of the few in the world. Garella’s case set a precedent after the school confronted a taboo: could a person with a cognitive syndrome be in charge of a class? Her two- and...

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New research counters claim that the ‘Hobbit’ had Down syndrome
Jun11

New research counters claim that the ‘Hobbit’ had Down syndrome

Analysis of a wealth of new data contradicts an earlier claim that LB1, an ~80,000 year old fossil skeleton from the Indonesian island of Flores, had Down syndrome, and further confirms its status as a fossil human species, Homo floresiensis. From the start, fossils of a tiny population of human-like creatures from Flores (the so-called “Hobbits” of Southeast Asia) have been controversial. Are these remains evidence of a...

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