Shirlene and Jim: 51 year-old with Down syndrome

Jim is 51 years old and has Down syndrome and his mother, Shirlene, is in her mid-80’s. Shirlene never placed Jim in an institution, like many parents of her generation did, but instead brought him home and treated him like her other children. Shirlene and her husband had never heard of Down syndrome before, they did not know what it was and it devastated them both.

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Jim is 51 years old and has Down syndrome and his mother, Shirlene, is in her mid-80’s. Shirlene never placed Jim in an institution, like many parents of her generation did, but instead brought him home and treated him like her other children. Shirlene and her husband had never heard of Down syndrome before, they did not know what it was and it devastated them both.

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