Advocates of Life

Respecting Those   With Disabilities      

                                              "99 Balloons"

FOR SPANISH subtitled link visit this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFHQvNVqqCc&feature=related

                             "99 Balloons" on the Today Show

                    "Communicating With the Elderly and Disabled"

                           "Understanding the Visually Impaired"

                           "Understanding the Hearing Impaired"

                            "Understanding the Mobility Impaired"

Additional Reading on Persons with Disabilities

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/10/mothers-choosing-not-abort-children-disabilities/

(Choosing Not to Abort Babies with Disabiltities - Washington Times)

http://sgirl79.blogspot.com/

(He will Carry Me – from Be Not Afraid)

http://trisomy13-patausyndrome.blogspot.com/

(Trisomy 13 - Patau Syndrome blog)

http://vahandyman.com/alifeworthliving.htm

( A Life Worth Living – Down Syndrome)

http://downsyndromefootprint.org/about_us.html

(Down Syndrome Footprint website)

http://www.hydrocephaluskids.org/wordpress/

(Hydocephalus Kids website)

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/229011/parents-be-not-afraid/kathryn-jean-lopez

(Parents - Be Not Afraid - National Review)

http://stringofpearlsonline.org/pearls-story/

(Strings of Pearl website)

http://nyp.st/tqxbgN

(The End of Down Syndrome) 

Doctor: Acceptance of Euthanasia Heightens Patients’ Distrust of Medical Profession

 November 20,  2012

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/a_matter_of_trust

 

 Stop Dehydrating the “Unconscious!” 

  By Wesley J. Smith        November 15, 2012 http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/333496/stop-dehydrating-unconscious

 

After brain injury, 10 years of rehabilitation, Tolliver gives back to community

After 10 years of rehabilitation, Tolliver gives back to community    By LINDA HALL November 21, 2012

http://www.the-daily-record.com/local%20news/2012/11/21/after-brain-injury-10-years-of-rehabilitation-tolliver-gives-back-to-community

 

Ex-Wright State Volleyball Player Has 'Miracle' Comeback    November 23, 2012 (Springfield News-Sun)

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/sports/miracle-comeback-ex-volleyball-player/nTCxx/

 

 

A THOUGHT-PROVOKER

Two physicians are talking shop. "Doctor," says one, "I'd like your professional opinion. The question is, should the pregnancy have been terminated or not? The father was syphilitic. The mother was tuberculous. They had already had four children: the first was blind, the second died, the third was deaf and dumb, and the fourth was tuberculous. The woman was pregnant for the fifth time. As the attending physician, what would you have done?"

"I would have terminated the pregnancy."

"Then you would have murdered Beethoven."

                            

                             THE LORD GAVE ME LIFE

My face may be different
But my feelings the same
I laugh and I cry
And take pride in my gains
I was sent here among you
To teach you to love
As God in the heavens
Looks down from above
To Him I'm no different
His love knows no bounds
It's those here among you
In cities and towns
That judge me by standards
That man has imparted
But this family I've chosen
Will help me get started
For I'm one of the children
So special and few
That came here to learn
The same lessons as you
That love is acceptance
It must come from the heart
We all have the same purpose
Though not the same start
The Lord gave me life
To live and embrace
And I'll do it as you do
But at my own pace

Author Unknown

 HAPPINESS AND DISABILITY...

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who worked for years with severely deformed infants as a pediatric surgeon at Philadelphia's Children's Hospital, commented that...

It has been my constant experience that disability and unhappiness do not necessarily go together.

He continues:

Some of the most unhappy children whom I have known have all of their physical and mental faculties, and on the other hand some of the happiest youngsters have borne burdens which I myself would find very difficult to bear. Our obligation in such circumstances is to find alternatives for the problems our patients face. I don't consider death an acceptable alternative. With our technology and creativity, we are merely at the beginning of what we can do educationally and in the field of leisure activities for such youngsters. And who knows what happiness is for another person?

Abortion Perpetuates a Mentality Which Treats Children Like Commodities

"Right now, the statistics for the unborn disabled are disturbing: over 90% of those children who are identified as having Down's Syndrome while they're still in the womb will be aborted, and the statistics aren't much better for a number of other mental or physical disabilities. What message, exactly, does this send (on behalf of both parents and society) to those children who are born with Down's Syndrome, or to those physically- and emotionally-healthy children who suffer some sort of childhood accident, and become disabled? If you're aware that your sibling was killed by abortion for being disabled, and then you become disabled, who wouldn't feel like an 'unwanted child'?

The fact is, abortion perpetuates a mentality which treats children like commodities. If you don't like the hand you've been dealt, get an abortion and try again. It's this mentality which creates a culture increasingly hostile to children, and it's no mystery why, even as society has become more economically enriched and technologically advanced, we've become increasingly barbaric towards the vulnerable. If we could just eliminate the undesirable members of our society, every citizen would be a wanted citizen, right?"