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Down syndrome

At 46, John Anton is weighing a big step: moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue the next phase in his career. At 26, Melissa Reilly hopes to get her own place soon while continuing to work at the State House. Both share a passion for politics – and both have Down syndrome. In the last three decades, the outlook has changed dramatically for people born with Down: they live longer, have more independence, and participate more fully in society. Anthony Everett reports on how these developments are affecting families, and what new pre-natal testing techniques mean for the future.

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