Evie is my daughter, and she has Down's. Wrong.
Correction: Evie is my daughter, and she happens to have Down Syndrome.
A good friend with her own amazing daughter sent me this link. I want to share this, because if I didn't say this correctly and I have every reason to, then I am pretty sure many other people need to know this too.
Some highlights, if you're a scanner like I am (direct quotes from the site):
- People with Down syndrome should always be referred to as people first.
- The preferred usage in the United States is Down syndrome. This is because an "apostrophe s" connotes ownership or possession. Down syndrome is named for the English physician John Langdon Down, who characterized the condition, but did not have it. The AP Stylebook recommends using "Down syndrome," as well.