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Today is World Down Syndrome Day, a day to celebrate the lives of those who have an extra 21st chromosome and raise awareness about the “good news” about DS This year, since I’ve written so much about this topic already, I thought I’d just offer a round-up of some of my favorite articles/posts over the […]

Posted at: March 21st, 2014 - 3:54 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Sport doesn’t care what your problem is: This is a great promo from Samsung for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which are still going on right now. Who says you can’t be just as active and athletic with a disability? Yes, it takes a lot of hard work (does it not when you’re able bodied?). […]

Posted at: March 14th, 2014 - 12:20 pm - Number of Comments » 0

At this year’s NYC Fashion Week, Carrie Hammer made headlines by breaking ranks with her fellow designers and casting “real women” as her models instead of the 5’10″ bean-pole professional models you typically see strutting their stuff on the catwalk. One model in particular got everyone’s attention. Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, a Brooklyn-based clinical psychologist and […]

Posted at: February 24th, 2014 - 6:15 am - Number of Comments » 0

Admittedly, I have not watched a lot of this year’s Winter Olympics. I’m more of a summer games kinda gal, myself. But an image image from the games this week captured my attention, as did the story behind it. On Monday Alex Bilodeau won gold in the freestyle skiing moguls competition — and he shared […]

Posted at: February 13th, 2014 - 1:17 am - Number of Comments » 1

Lizzie Velásquez is a 24 year old American woman who was born with a very rare disease (shared by only one other person in the United States) that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. She has been bullied most of her life, including being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in an internet video that received […]

Posted at: January 21st, 2014 - 3:25 am - Number of Comments » 0

Does our culture have a love/hate relationship with babies? Is Captain James T. Kirk captive to the culture of death? And what does Pope Francis mean by an “ecumenism of blood?” I had a good time talking about all of the above on the Mike Allen Show yesterday with the ever-awesome Jason Hall, who is […]

Posted at: December 20th, 2013 - 5:11 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Two weeks ago I told you about a New Zealand couple who won an appeals court ruling in their “wrongful birth” lawsuit. Shortly after publishing that story, a couple in Washington State was awarded $50 million, the state’s largest ever individual award, for a wrongful birth case. Knowing that there was a 50-50 chance that […]

Posted at: December 18th, 2013 - 4:16 pm - Number of Comments » 1

In New Zealand: parents of a child with spina bifida could receive an ACC payout after successfully arguing they were denied the chance to abort their daughter. Doctors missed signs of the defect in the foetus during a 20-week scan. The couple said they would have terminated the pregnancy had they known the daughter, who […]

Posted at: December 4th, 2013 - 11:30 am - Number of Comments » 4

About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, 1 in 54 boys. It is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. and I know that so many parents and relatives of young autistic children worry about how their children and loved ones will develop as they get older. That’s […]

Posted at: November 12th, 2013 - 10:07 pm - Number of Comments » 0

In recent years, modern academics have managed to recast “eugenics” as a positive term, distinguishing their vision from past government-mandated eugenics policies. The emphasis now is on “selective reproduction” and the parents’ “choice” to decide what kind of child they want to have. The result has been a search and destroy mission to wipe people […]

Posted at: November 4th, 2013 - 1:23 pm - Number of Comments » 0