I don’t think I have come across one parent of a child with Down syndrome that doesn’t wish for and fight for this:
Why? Why do you want your child side by side with typical peers? You can say you want it because it is your child’s right but I think if you search your heart you will find more reasons than that.
We say we want our children to have peer models. I hear it all the time when IEP season rolls around. We hope our children will learn from their peers, be encouraged by their peers, and make friends with their peers.
But, when science tells us that one day our kids might be able to be physiologically more like their typical peers, many of us insist we would never want to change our child. We love them the way they are and it is the world that needs to change to accommodate their differences.
And while I would agree that it is important that the world see people with disabilities as equally valuable human beings, I cannot buy into the idea that if I really love and accept my kids, I wouldn’t want therapies that might improve their overall health including their memory or processing speeds.
Why would I fight to have my kids spend their days playing and learning alongside typical children and then refuse to let them go that extra step of functioning like them? I am not looking for a cure for Down syndrome for my girls, but I would not deny them any proven, safe drug therapy that will level the playing field for them.
Agree? Disagree? Go ahead, have at it in the comments.
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