Open Future Learning is a great group that promotes the inclusion of people with special needs into society and into the workforce. It describes itself on Twitter as, “the online learning resource for the #developmentaldisability | #intellectualdisability | #learningdisability workforce.”
They recently released a great video which you can view here:
Down syndrome? There'll be a lot of limitations. pic.twitter.com/RinPRASYvu
— Open Future Learning (@Open_Future) August 7, 2019
The video repeats the myths that people with Down syndrome won’t have physical strength, won’t live long, won’t live happy lives, and won’t be able to form relationships.
We are glad to see a group promote a strong, pro-life message of respecting the dignity of people with special needs.
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, has written and spoken before about valuing human life in all cases, including her children with cystic fibrosis.
Two of my four children have cystic fibrosis, a deadly genetic disease that thankfully is now seeing half of its victims survive to 30 and beyond. From time to time, those with CF have to be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics to improve lung function and fight dangerous infections. And given the risks of infections, CF requires hours of daily diligence in maintaining a mostly germ-free environment, administering breathing treatments, and carrying for the physical needs of stressed bodies in need of calories and medications almost constantly. After my firstborn son Gunner was diagnosed with the condition, my husband and I decided to continue having children. My next two children were born without the condition, but my youngest — my only daughter, Gracie — also has CF.”
“Some would argue that my children should never have been born and that once diagnosed with the conditions, the kindest act would have been to end their life. In our culture today we see a number ofpeople eliminated because of perceptions of their abilities, cold-eyed assessments of another’s “quality of life” she wrote in USA Today in 2018 before the March for Life.
Students for Life of America will continue to build an inclusive and tolerant society for people with special needs.