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    a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    What do you call the place that takes care of the children with Down's syndrome and mental retardation or any other developmental disability whose parents can't take care of?
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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    In the UK they're called care homes.

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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    The type of facility would depend on the level of care that the individual required. In the past, institutional care was frequent; nowadays more enlightened care is generally given in group homes or foster homes.
    BTW, Down syndrome is heard more frequently than Down's syndrome (in the US.)
    Last edited by riquecohen; 17-Jan-2012 at 01:48. Reason: (in the US) added.

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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    In BrE, it's Down's Syndrome.

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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    Yeah, I was surprised to read that too. I've only ever seen Down's Syndrome.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    It was always Down's Syndrome when I was at medical school. That is the traditional form of such syndromes, etc: Tourette's Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, Addison's Disease, Hodgkin's Disease.
    It's only with the rise of the internet, and the name of illnesses being taken over by self-help groups, etc. that the simple forms like Down Syndrome, TS, Alzheimers, etc. have occurred. The apostrophe 's' is too much for the average lay person.

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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It was always Down's Syndrome when I was at medical school. That is the traditional form of such syndromes, etc: Tourette's Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, Addison's Disease, Hodgkin's Disease.
    It's only with the rise of the internet, and the name of illnesses being taken over by self-help groups, etc. that the simple forms like Down Syndrome, TS, Alzheimers, etc. have occurred. The apostrophe 's' is too much for the average lay person.
    It seems to me that the apostrophe 's' makes it easier for the average lay person. As you pointed out, this is the usual form used for other conditions. Perhaps I shouldn't have said that Down is more frequently heard than Down's, but it is more frequently used by medical and mental health professionals in the US.

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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    I think there are a lot of people who don't realise that an apostrophe is used in the name of these conditions. They are named after people hence the apostrophe but I am fairly certain that many people think that they are actually called:

    Downs Syndrome
    Alzheimers
    Tourettes

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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    An article in today's New York Times about the revision of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders referred several times to Asperger syndrome. When the word syndrome was omitted, reference was made to Asperger's.

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    Re: a place for those who have Down's syndrome

    In normal speech, few people take the trouble to articulate both Ss in 'Down's syndrome', so it sounds exactly like 'Down syndrome.'

    Rover

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