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Down syndrome kids need support after they’re born—but also before

Michael Cook | 23 March 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: disability, Down syndrome
A vigorous campaign is needed to dispel prejudice.

Dark secrets of a world of perfection

Kevin Ryan | 13 August 2014 | POPCORN |  
tags: disability, dystopia, euthanasia, films

It can get ugly

Paul Russell | 24 January 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: disability, euthanasia

The neolithic age sets a high standard for compassion

Lorna Tilley | 25 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: archaeology, disability, Vietnam
Care for the disabled is a hallmark of our humanity.

The distance between us

Christopher Capozziello | 05 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: disability, photojournalists, twins
A prize-winning photographer seeks answers to his twin brother's struggle with disability.

The unseen epidemic

Paul Russell | 17 September 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abuse, disability, elder abuse, euthanasia
Disability abuse, like elder abuse, is widespread but seldom reported.

Disability is not a death sentence

James M. Thunder | 18 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Belgium, disability, euthanasia
Deaf and blind Belgian twins were euthanased at their own request in December. What would Helen Keller have advised them?

Tender hands

Lorna Tilley | 14 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: archeology, bioarcheology of care, disability
Looking after those who are unable to look after themselves defines what it means to be human. Even hunter-gatherers knew this.

An end to Down syndrome in New Zealand?

Shannon Roberts | 17 December 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: disability, Down syndrome, New Zealand
Testing for Down syndrome is now routine in New Zealand - something which you opt out of, rather than opt to have. That means that less and less of children with Down syndrome are being born. Is that what the government hopes to achieve by funding a routine test? Perhaps not, but that is certainly the effect and the implication to a young mother – it is certainly how I felt when I was asked if I wanted the test earlier in the year.

The case for loving the disabled

William West | 22 November 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, disability
The value of the disabled and the love they inspire is the subject of a new 900-page book, Far From the Tree

How come you don’t want one?

Jan Gothard | 29 August 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: disability, Down syndrome, genetic screening
My daughter with Down syndrome has never been a source of shame to our family, but our lives would have been easier if people had been more understanding.

Has society failed US quadriplegic?

Michael Cook | 08 December 2010 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: disability, quadriplegia

Do the disabled really want death?

Michael Cook | 19 November 2010 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: disability

We need a society which cares, not kills

Erik Leipoldt | 14 July 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: disability, ethics of care, euthanasia
A quadriplegic who has just published a book on attitudes to euthanasia in the Netherlands and Australia asks whether it should be legalised in a caring society. 

Riled by the R-word

Barbara Kay | 11 March 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: disability, paraolympics
Disabled people need all the support we can give them. They don't need ideologues who teach that disability is a social construct.

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