Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cultural Schizophrenia About Americans With Disabilities

"We’ve become a culture both welcoming and deadly to people with disabilities," writes Rebecca Hagelin — Culture Challenge of the Week: "Imperfect" Children. "On the one hand," she writes, "the law requires that they have special access to buildings, and employment opportunities, and children with disabilities are mainstreamed in our schools."

However, she notes, "For preborn children with disabilities, our culture’s desire for perfect children too often proves deadly." She explains, "Pre-natal testing, now routine, spots markers of future disability or disease. Sometimes that testing saves lives. Most often, however, a pre-natal diagnosis of disability, like Down Syndrome spells death."

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