Molly asked: "What's one thing you wish people knew about DS?"
This might sound a little obscure, but I wish that people knew that if a person has DS, their ability (or inability) to talk has nothing to do with their ability to understand and comprehend. I have one friend who's daughter hardly talks at all. At 14 years old, she only says what is really important to her, and does a lot of grunting and growling. And yet, she reads and comprehends above grade level, loves math, and is a fantastic bowler.
I actually know a lot of people with DS who are like this, and everyone sells them short. Remember the old saying, "Never assume ANYTHING!"
Angela talks A LOT! She talks incessantly. Often she's talking to people I can't even see (the Jury is out as to weather or not SHE sees them!) Driving in the car with her can be painful to your brain unless she's sick and falls asleep. And yet, for reasons unknown to us, she doesn't read very well. Actually her reading is regressing I think, partly because she HATES to read. We have yet to find something that interests her enough to read about it. (can you tell this frustrates me?) She hates to write too, though that is due to the damage to her fine motor skills done by a stroke. She will pretend write, the same way a typical child does around age 3 when they're just getting interested in writing. But Angela will use a computer and do some writing using a keyboard. It's still like pulling teeth to get her to do it though. Angela understands pretty much everything you say to her, and she will joke with you, and harass you. But don't expect her to read you a story!