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Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:00 am

Before Amy Silverman gave birth to her second child, Sophie, she had never even met anyone with Down syndrome. That changed abruptly when Sophie was diagnosed with the genetic disease shortly after her birth in 2003. And on the heels of that diagnosis: Sophie had a congenital heart defect that required open heart surgery.

After learning that Sophie had Down syndrome, Silverman, who is managing editor of Phoenix New Times, “retreated into the bliss of ignorance.” She focused on Sophie’s day-to-day care and avoided learning more about Down syndrome. Her husband, Ray Stern, also a journalist at Phoenix New Times, took a different tack. He immersed himself in research. 

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