Friday, 10 March 2017

Weekend reading and viewing: 11 - 12 March 2017

Can you imagine any person being told their life is a waste? That they won’t contribute to society? That they shouldn’t even be given the CHANCE to make their mark on the world? People with Down syndrome face this discrimination every day. As a part of our mission to improve research and medical care for people with Down syndrome, it is clear to us that our work must be framed in the context of human and civil rights.
The moving speech of our Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Winner, Frank Stephens, underscores this sentiment and brought 1,200 attendees to their feet at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show. He is an author, actor, and exceptional advocate ... 
Global Down Syndrome Foundation
8 March 2017 

People with Down syndrome have become poster children for a new generation of genetic screening tests conquering the world. In an interview about these tests, professor emeritus human genetics, former member Health council and UNESCO bio-ethics committee Dr. Galjaard, says Down syndrome should disappear ... Why?
Renate Lindeman, Huffington Post
16 February 2017

There is a camp that holds vehemently to their right to say whatever the hell they want. And I’m with them.

As a former student of journalism, as an American, as a citizen of the world with an interest in truth and genuine dialogue, I do believe that you should be able to say whatever the hell you want. But what I also want the people in that camp to do is to take responsibility. 
Yes, you can say whatever you want. But, yes, there will be consequences ... 
21 March 2014

Our neighbourhoods need to be safe and inclusive places – safe for even the most vulnerable in our community. This includes the 668,100 Australians living with intellectual disability ... The main issue is not the type of accommodation, but its location. The neighbourhood, its design, and the community of people who live there are all significant factors for supporting safety and inclusion ...
Cate MacMillan and Nicholas Stevens, The Conversation
6 March 2017

Two best friends are both disabled – but one is called “high-functioning,” while the other is called “low-functioning.” 
So what’s the difference – and what are these labels often missing? Check out this comic to find out. 
This shows how being labeled as high- or low-functioning influences the oppressive ways that people are treated. And it makes a crucial point about who these distinctions really serve in the end. 
4 March 2017

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