Down Syndrome Information Bill to be Signed by Governor – May 5

People with Down syndrome & their families to be present

May 2, 2014

The parents of children with Down syndrome have been heard. They want more information – accurate information – provided to new parents who receive a pre- or post-natal diagnosis that their child has Down syndrome.

Thankfully, the Maryland General Assembly passed unanimously on the last day of session (at 11:57 pm), legislation (SB 654) requiring the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene to identify “up-to-date, evidence-based” information about Down syndrome that can be provided to parents who have received a pre- or post-natal diagnosis that their child may have this condition.

Several families who have children with Down syndrome will be in attendance at the bill signing and available to meet with the media.

Monday, May 5, 2014
Bill signing for all legislation begins at 10:30 am
Lawyers’ Mall in front of State House
Annapolis, MD

The bill is modeled on the federal Kennedy/Brownback bill that was passed in 2008, and several other states already have passed similar legislation, including Massachusetts and Kentucky. Material already is available for use from national Down syndrome organizations and approved by the medical community.

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