There was what is honestly a pretty offensive question a little bit ago. Someone equated Downs to being deaf or blind. One one side of my family, there are several people who are deaf for congenital reasons. The youngest recently got a cochineal implant and is attending school in a normal classroom with kids her own age. None of the family members on that side are in any way unintelligent, socially delayed or in any other way intellectually impaired by the hearing issues.
On my side of the family, severe sight issues come into play, my cousin, several assorted aunts and uncles and I are all badly enough sighted to be considered legally blind. Mine is still correctable. My cousin's as well, though he didn't learn to talk until he was 7 and they realized what the problem was. Some of our older relatives who are still with us are now past the point of it being completely correctable.
Again, nobody on this side of the family is in any way cognitively challenged. Of the ones who passed away, all were gainfully employed, even after they completely lost useful vision. One was a college professor, another is now retired, but ran everything at her church, 7 days a week.
Other friends and family come to mind with other physical disabilities, for reasons ranging from disease to combat, and not a single one was rendered incapable of using their mind, even if they had less use of their body.
So why is it, in this day and age, some people can still be so callous as to equate someone having a different level of physicality to being mentally challenged and/or socially inept? How, in 2013, is that backwards, patronizing and flat out insulting way of thinking still being taught or encouraged?
Just because someone is not physically "perfect" does not mean they need Captain Save a Ho to rescue them 24/7. Why aren't people teaching this to their children?
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