Bioethics of Cognitive Drugs for Down Syndrome

“Ally’s story, and Penny’s story, don’t negate the significance of these new neurological findings, or the fact that drug interventions for cognition will come as good news for some people with Down syndrome. I am not certain that Penny needs medical interventions to improve her cognition, but I know she needs a social context that … Continue ReadingBioethics of Cognitive Drugs for Down Syndrome

ISIL and the Murder of Disabled Children

This Facebook post from Mosul Eye, a source that I’m told has some track record of reliability, shows a video of disabled children (just hanging out, really), then claims the following: Through monitoring and following the death incidents of children with Down’s Syndrome and congenital deformities, we were able to learn that the Shar’i Board … Continue ReadingISIL and the Murder of Disabled Children

Inclusion Pays Off in Vermont / MN Series On Disability and Work

The Star Tribune has a great  five-part series about disability and work, focused on Minnesota, but looking more broadly – Failing the Disabled. Here’s one I like, because it’s a positive outcome. With her zest and ambition, Wollum personifies the remarkable strategy that has made Vermont a leader in the civil rights movement for adults … Continue ReadingInclusion Pays Off in Vermont / MN Series On Disability and Work

Disability Abortion Narratives – The Stakes and Some Questions

UPDATE: I am leaving the essay below as is. I am increasingly persuaded by my smart interlocutors that the correct response to these kinds of essays is to offer empathy to the mother and to tell one’s own story as best one can in one’s own spaces. Thanks for all the feedback. Websites and newspapers … Continue ReadingDisability Abortion Narratives – The Stakes and Some Questions

The Shooting of Jeremy Hutton and Law Enforcement Narratives

In 2010, Jeremy Hutton, a 17 year-old-boy with Down syndrome, was shot by a police officer who claimed Hutton was driving right at him. That claim held up in the post-incident review. Here’s a video showing that’s untrue (original source), the officer was safely to the side. A video of police shooting a car driven … Continue ReadingThe Shooting of Jeremy Hutton and Law Enforcement Narratives