Carole Blueweiss

George Estreich: A father speaks about Down syndrome and biotechnology

George Estreich is an award-winning writer whose work includes poetry, memoir, and non-fiction. He is also a musician who plays with the band Mule On Fire. In addition to writing and music. George is an activist, storyteller, husband, and father to Ellie and Laura.  George talks about raising his daughter, Laura, who was born with Down syndrome. And then he talks about biotechnology, disability, and the stories we tell ourselves. He discusses how all people are more than a single identity and not only are stereotypes untrue, but they are also incomplete.

For more information about Down syndrome, see here.

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Laura’s episode video with transcript:

Video with transcript of this episode:


The Shape of the Eye by George Estreich

Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves by George Estreich

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Alison Piepmeier

Alison’s blog archive:

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

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College of Charleston


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