Saturday, 15 October 2016

Weekend Reading and viewing: 15 - 16 October 2016

On the moral questions of Down syndrome
Kieron Smith, Medium, 8 October 2016
I try, when writing about things which could be construed as being informed by personal experience, to make sure that I take as an objective and balanced position as possible ... Using secondary research to back up assertions and philosophical work by people, much deeper thinkers than I could ever be, I attempt to explore the bigger questions of humanity and morality. In this I may or may not succeed. ever be, I attempt to explore the bigger questions of humanity and morality. In this I may or may not succeed ...

Sallese Gibson, ABC News, 9 October 2016
The results of prenatal testing for Down syndrome will be delivered differently, to ensure women are not swayed to terminate their pregnancies ...

My brother has Down’s syndrome. I wouldn’t change him for the world
Oliver Shone, The Guardian, 7 October 2016
I understand the desire to eradicate Down’s syndrome, but it’s sad to imagine life without these precious children and adults who bring such light into their families’ lives ...

The day Aunt Nigella rolled up her sleeves for a good cause
Rosa Monckton, The Telegraph (UK), 12 October 2016
... Domenica was at her best self at Brighton City College, where she did a two-year catering course for people with learning disabilities. An avid follower of her Aunt Nigella’s food programmes, she always enjoyed cooking and we chose the college together ...

Down’s Syndrome: A Disaster?
Emily Beckloff, Huffington Post, 9 October 2016
There are many, many families living in a way you perceive to be a nightmare.
... Families adapt and are genuinely and properly enjoying life. They’re not pretending to, or saying so for your sake, nor to convince you …

A World Without Down's Syndrome? 
BBC, 7 October 2016 (on You Tube, 56m 48s)
Documentary about Down's syndrome and the ethics of pregnancy screening, fronted by Sally Phillips. This film explores the science and thinking around the proposed new screening test for Down's syndrome and its possible availability on the UK National Health Service.

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