Thursday, October 11, 2007

Couple with Down syndrome among first to marry in Tennessee

Josh Putnam, left, and his fiancee, Bernadette Resha, share a happy moment at her parents' Nashville home in anticipation of their marriage. Her paintings hang behind them. (JAE S. LEE / THE TENNESSEAN)

Two Tennesseans who both have Down syndrome are preparing to wed, a union that once was rare but is becoming more common thanks to better medical treatments, education and employment opportunities. "It gives us hope and excitement that individuals with Down syndrome are having more opportunities and living more normal lives than ever before," said Sheila Moore, executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. The Tennessean (Nashville)

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