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North Texas community embraces people with Down syndrome

Posted in Disability, Down Syndrome with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2018 by saynsumthn
Down syndrome

Blake Pyron, who lives in the small North Texas town of Sanger, has become the state’s first businessman with Down syndrome. Live Action recently sent a film crew to Denton County, Texas, to meet Blake, who, with the encouragement of his amazing family and supportive community, started Blake’s Snow Shack at the young age of 20.

Blake’s mother, Mary Ann, told Live Action News that she always wanted to be a mother. She has two sons: Mitchell, and his younger brother Blake, who was born with Down syndrome.

Blake became the youngest person in his city to own a business and he also became the first business owner with Down syndrome in his hometown of Sanger (and possibly all of Texas).

Image: Mary Ann and Blake Pyron for World Down Syndrome Day

Mary Ann and Blake Pyron for World Down Syndrome Day

As a result, Blake’s business has been recognized by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as well as other dignitaries, and Blake has been featured on many media outlets both nationally and internationally. Blake’s Snow Shack has also received a NASCAR endorsement.

Live Action News spoke with Mary Ann about how the community has embraced Blake. “Early on, I thought that it would be harder for Blake to make friends than his brother Mitchell,” she said. But that wasn’t the case. Blake is extremely outgoing and has become quite a legend in his community.

Image: Blake and brother Mitchell Pyron

Blake Pyron (R) and brother Mitchell Pyron (L)

“Once people people get to know him, they find it easy to like him. He has a lot of friends,” she stated.

One of Blake’s oldest and best friends is the son of Jennifer Watts, a long time friend of the family. Jennifer told Live Action News how her son Brance, who is currently playing football at Emporia State University in Kansas, became good friends with Blake.

Image: Jennifer Watts

Jennifer Watts

“My son was one of Blake’s ‘helpers.’ They were friends through school and lived in the same neighborhood,” she said. Blake and Brance began their friendship in the fourth grade. “Brance’s teacher, Mrs. Morris, was the one who was instrumental in that,” Jennifer said. “They were in the same home room and she knew Blake needed a helper. She had two or three students capable of managing their work and helping others. My son was one of them.”

Image: Brance Watts and Blake Pyron

Brance Watts (LH) and Blake Pyron (RH)

Jennifer said that the concept behind “Blake’s helper” was inclusion, and if Blake needed help, Brance would be a peer helper for him.

“Blake nicknamed Brance ‘Kip.’ And the name has stuck,” she said. “When Blake was participating in Special Olympics, Brance would get on the field and do his warm up walks and cheer him on.”

“Whenever Blake and Brance were in High School, Blake was part of their football team. He started out as a water boy and would run out through the sign. Their senior year, Blake was made an honorary team captain, ” Jennifer recalled.

Image: Blake Pyron and the Sanger football team

Blake  out front with Sanger football team

Pastor Jim Mann, an avid sports enthusiast and lead pastor at New Life Church in Sanger, has watched the community support Blake for years. Pastor Mann said that by the time he first met Blake, he was already embraced by the community. “He was a popular football team player, just one of the guys. That says a lot about a community to me.”

Image: Pastor Jim Mann

Pastor Jim Mann

Pastor Mann pointed to Blake’s family and praised the way Blake’s parents always encouraged him to do what he wanted to do.

Blake’s mom, Mary Ann, said exposure is key, and that Blake and her entire family loved to volunteer and do things around the community:

Our family served the community and that included Blake.  Because of that, we have had families tell us that their children are better people for having Blake as a friend. Family dynamic has also helped. His big brother Mitchell has been his biggest fan since day one.

Blake wanted to play football just like his big brother Mitchell, so Sanger High School and his coach made him the manager. He would run out with the flag in support of the team.

Blake’s football coach, Chuck Galbreath, was part of the community support for Blake and others with disabilities. He named not only Blake but another young student with Down syndrome, Austin Waters, as Honorary Team Captains.

“They’re an inspiration for all of us. I know for me, specifically,” the coach told the media in the video below.

“Whenever I talk to other moms, I tell them to be involved. All moms should be involved with their kids lives, but moms of kids with special needs have to do double time,” Mary Ann said.

She told Live Action News that as a result of the way Blake brought the community together around football, he was granted Sanger’s Citizen of the Year award in 2015.

Image: Blake Pyron gets Citizen of the Year Award

Blake receives Citizen of the Year award from Sanger, Texas

Blake graduated in 2015, but Mary Ann told Live Action News that because Blake paved the way, there is now another young man with Down syndrome at his old school who will have the same opportunities opening up to him. “If Blake had not paved the way, that wouldn’t be happening.”

In addition to football, Blake also loves music. His mother said she allowed Blake to follow his dreams and as a result, it was Blake that changed the world. “Blake loved music and we had a friend who taught him the guitar,” Mary Ann said. “He said, ‘If it doesn’t work, no hard feelings.’ And it worked.”

Image: Blake Pyron has Down syndrome and plays guitar

 

“[Our friend] said, ‘I never thought Blake could play the guitar. I am so glad I gave him the chance.’ He is now teaching a young lady with autism. Blake has opened his heart to expand.”

Pastor Mann said that family, church and community are key to coming alongside any family who has a child with special needs. New Life Church embraces all kinds of people, he said, pointing out that he has several families in his congregation who have disabilities or children with special needs. “When you have a church and an entire town behind you, it makes it a lot better,” he said.

Pastor Mann recalled the day that Blake hung out his shingle at Blake’s Snow Shack. “He was tearing it up – he had a lot of people eating snow cones.”

Image: Blake Pyron owns Blake's Snow Shack

Blake Pyron owns Blake’s Snow Shack

Although he usually doesn’t eat snow cones himself, Pastor Mann makes an effort to buy them from Blake anyway. “We’ve hired him a couple of times to do Vacation Bible School (VBS); he’s always the main attraction. The line is long.”

Live Action News asked these three how other communities could embrace people with Down syndrome just like Sanger has.

“Just embrace them like anyone else – just give them a chance,” Blake’s mother said. “Be accepting. Open your heart up to them as an individual, regardless of any diagnosis. Everyone should be seen as an equal. We are really all more alike than we are different.”

Jennifer agreed. “It means everything, the teacher being instrumental in creating a classroom environment where students of all abilities are welcome and where children help one another, the comradery and the team aspect, the environment she created — that’s real. I know it taught my son. It gave him an opportunity to help someone else and he felt good about that. It gave him an opportunity to help others. I felt it was just as beneficial to the quote unquote ‘normal students’ as it was to the students of disabilities.”

“Part of the solution is to celebrate people like Blake,” Pastor Mann stated. “Sanger has really embraced him, without being told they have to. It was authentic. It was real.”

“Blake brings hope to people,” said his number one fan, his mother Mary Ann. “He has such a wonderful personality. A lot of people with Down Syndrome do. I feel like these people who have gotten to know Blake – if they ever receive a diagnosis of Down syndrome, they will say, ‘Hey, I knew this really cool kid with Down syndrome.’”

Image: Blake Pyron

Down syndrome business owner Blake Pyron

 

Pastor Mann summed it all up: “You celebrate these people as people. See them for what they are and what they can contribute. Blake is always smiling. He always gives you a thumbs up. He is Sanger’s most famous resident. ”

Special Note: Wednesday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and Blake, as one of 12 speakers across the globe, has been invited to speak on Disability Employment at the United Nations Headquarters. Blake is expected to speak about the benefits and struggles of owning his own business, the reach of families that come to see him, and the impact his business has had within the community. The following day, on March 22, 2018, Blake will ring the NASDAQ opening bell at 8:30 am CT. Blake may be one of the first men with Down syndrome to to this.

    • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Note:

Blake speaks to United Nations (2018)

 

 

Blake was invited to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange as well:

Disabled son signs “Daddy I love you” father realizes he is a person!

Posted in Disability, Personhood with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2015 by saynsumthn

NBC, whose reports lean towards the pro-abortion side, has done a touching story on a science teacher in Kentucky whose son is severely disabled.

Jeff Wright

In the report, Bob Dotson profiles Jeff Wright, a high school teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, who shares the lessons in love he has learned from his son, Adam, who has Joubert syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes him to harm himself.

Its a lecture without props that leads a lasting impression,” NBC correspondent Bob Dotson reports.

Bright’s son Adam was born with a rare combination of genes that only about 450 people in the world have.

Brights son adam

Adam Bright

Bright tells his students that they found out that Adam was blind. Adam cannot speak or walk or sit up and although he requires constant care Bright and his wife Nancy tell NBC that they focus on the good days.


“There’s not a day that goes by we don’t ask, why us?
” Bright tells NBC.

We have bad days – we have good days. You focus on the good days,” said Nancy.

Like the day Adam’s sister told him to get her doll for her and he smacked it.

I said- wait a minute,” says Bright.

If he can see the doll- then he can see.”

And Bright was right. Adam could see well enough to learn a little sign language.

Bright daddy I love you

And, one day, his arms formed a sentence, ” Daddy, I love you,” he signed.

And that is when Bright realized, “That he was a person.

Capable of a smile lit from the inside,” reports Dotson.

Bright Adam Smile

The NBC reporter asked Bright, “What has Adam taught the teacher?

If I can mean a little something to you and you can go and mean a little something to someone else. Then at least we have a purpose.” he answered.

Life can be unfair, love can make it better,” the NBC Correspondent ends the report.

Bright and adam

Watch interview here

http://www.today.com/offsite/teacher-learns-lessons-in-love-from-son-with-rare-disability-450827331949

Abortion is NEVER a humane, responsible choice

Posted in Abortion medical reasons, Disability, Pro-choice Logic, Trisomy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by saynsumthn

If I told you that it was a good thing that I murdered my three-year-old daughter because, had I not done so, I would not have been willing to have my two-year-old son, what would you say?

Vistoria Barrett Twitter pic

Indianapolis resident, Victoria Barrett, basically says the same thing in an op-ed she submitted to the Indy Star over abortion legislation.

Senate Bill 334, was authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Amanda Banks and co-Authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse and the bill would “Prohibits a person from performing an abortion if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion because of: (1) the sex of the fetus; or (2) a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability. Makes it a Level 5 felony if a person knowingly or intentionally performs a sex selective abortion or an abortion conducted because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other disability. Provides for civil relief.”

Vistoria Barrett Tweet

It was in response to this legislation that prompted Barrett to write her letter of protest. Barrette claimed that if SB334 had existed when she carried her daughter, diagnosed with a Trisomy 13, her son would not exist today.

My daughter’s “disability,” Barrett writes, “caused her to develop hydrocephaly; a heart with a missing chamber; a malformed, open abdominal wall; a cleft lip and palate on both sides of her mouth; and club feet; is called, by the medical establishment, “incompatible with life.” It’s deemed as such for a reason: no child with a full trisomy 13 anomaly ever survives more than a few days after birth. The vast majority spontaneously abort — the medical term for miscarriage — on their own. But my daughter, despite developmental problems so severe no fetus could possibly survive them, was still alive in my womb at 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Barrett says clearly that she loved her daughter – yet- she also states that ending her life, “before her suffering worsened” was, “the only humane, responsible choice. It was the only choice that could possibly have been made out of love.”

When I first read this, I did a double take – are you kidding me?

Who would actually accept this reasoning?

Abortion has so affected our culture that we have lost the ability to reason. In reality, if a mother wrote a letter admitting that she ended the life of her born daughter – we’d be outraged.

We do not know the exact time Barrett aborted her unborn daughter nor the procedure used to end her life.

But according to WebMD, at 15 weeks the most likely procedure used is Dilation and Evacuation or D+E.

They describe it this way:

    Pass a grasping instrument (forceps) into the uterus to grasp larger pieces of tissue. This is more likely in pregnancies of 16 weeks or more and is done before the uterine lining is scraped with a curette.
    Use a curved instrument (curette) to gently scrape the lining of the uterus and remove tissue in the uterus.
    Use suction. This may be done as a final step to make sure the uterine contents are completely removed.

That “loving, humane” D+E procedure is described by a former abortionist below:

What if, instead of writing about her 15 week unborn daughter, Barrett had said that ending the life of her 15-year-old daughter by ripping her diseased riddled body apart limb from limb, was “human, responsible, and loving?” What would we say?

To Barrett, protecting disabled children in the womb is an attack on- guess who? HER!

In fact, a quick google search turns up a blog where Ms. Barrett writes about her “loving and humane choice.”

But, instead of referring to her beloved and suffering daughter, she calls her, “a 15-week gestated fetus admitting, “I didn’t know how to grieve a half-formed human I had never met, and I felt like a tremendous failure.”

The surgeon had been concerned that it wouldn’t be possible to dilate my cervix sufficiently to remove a 15-week gestated fetus because I had never delivered a child. He wanted to be sure to use as much laminaria as possible, which turned out to be five sticks. I laid on the table, stoic, angry, as long as I could before I cried. The pain, already, before the seaweed began its work, radiated from the core of my being. It felt like nothing I had ever imagined,” Barrett wrote.

Vistoria Barrett abortion

About the moment Barret ended her daughter’s life, she writes:

    “The rest of the week went about as you might imagine: by morning I was fully dilated; we waited for five hours at the understaffed hospital before the 20-minute procedure began; a nurse insisted, on my behalf, on conscious sedation at a minimum. I walked into the operating room, was provided a stepping stool to get myself onto the sterile table under the blinding, hot lights, like stage lights. It seemed so odd that the operating room had a panoramic view of the city out enormous windows. The actual termination was over in a blink, painless, mostly a relief. And then our daughter was gone.

    “After my head cleared, for about an hour I felt a strange bodily elation, as though I could turn cartwheels right then and there. When the surgeon finally arrived to talk before we checked out, he asked, “Can you already tell you’re not pregnant?” I could.”

Barrett questions Holdman’s motives in sponsoring the bill by calling it, “mandated torture of the mothers.”

Really Ms. Barrett? YOU were the tortured one here?

Barrett’s words offer no compassion towards the many children with various levels of disability having protection – none!

After all, as Barrett states in her letter to the Indy-Star, “If I had been forced to carry my daughter until she spontaneously aborted — or worse, until she was delivered, suffered tremendously, and died in my arms — I would never have chosen to have another child.”

So, I suppose we are supposed to “celebrate” that this mother who so willingly “ended the life” of her disabled daughter in the womb – is now the mother of another child, a son?

I can’t and I won’t buy into this “murder is compassion” lie. I refuse to accept that Barrett made a difficult choice out of love and concern of her tiny baby girl.

Abortion is NEVER a humane, responsible choice.

No way….I wouldn’t accept this logic if Barrett’s daughter was 15-years-old and I won’t accept it if she is 15 weeks or more in the womb either. And neither should anyone else.

Disabled women disturbed by abortion language while Planned Parenthood pretends to care

Posted in Disability, Planned Parenthood and discrimination, Planned Parenthood and Eugenics, Planned Parenthood Disabled Persons, Planned Parenthood Hypocrisy with tags , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2014 by saynsumthn

If I use the word hypocrisy again in a blog about Planned Parenthood, please bare with me.

Today, I came across this tweet from the abortion on demand for any reason especially disability organization, Planned Parenthood.

Imagine an organization which embraces killing babies for any reason – especially “health” reasons suggesting one listens to what disabled women are saying – the very people they would work to kill in the womb.

PP Tweet Disabled Women

Planned Parenthood’s tweet linked to this Daily Beast article:

PP Article Disabled

The article rightly claims that the feminist movement or shall I say the pro-abortion feminist movement is leaving disabled women behind.

From the article, “When Stephanie Woodward blogged about #YesAllWomen, she was excited to join the movement and share her own life experiences as a woman with a disability. She never expected her post to spawn hostile messages from activists scolding Woodward for trying to “detract from the real issue” and instead make it about disability.”

Author Elizabeth Heideman makes this observation for which I agree, “But when it’s not physical accessibility, it’s a lack of empathy or understanding that excludes disabled women.”

Feminist blogger, Elsa S. Henry, tells Heideman that disabled feminists are troubled by the language they hear from abortion supporter, “Every time that we see abortion policies in the news, someone inevitably brings up the fact that abortion should be legal so that people can abort their disabled babies,” Henry says.

BINGO!

That is where Planned Parenthood’s hypocrisy enters. As recently as last year, Planned Parenthood uploaded a series of videos promoting abortions on imperfect or seriously disabled unborn children.

In fact, Planned Parenthood was once accused by their own staff of firing a woman because of her disabilities (read here) Planned Parenthood of Central Washington was ordered to pay the former employee more than $106,000 in damages.

Her lawsuit claimed that Planned Parenthood fired her from her job as a regional manager after she was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in her neck and back that required ongoing medical treatment.

ABORT THEM THEN LET THEM DIE

If an unborn child brought to Planned Parenthood to be executed has the tenacity to survive, Planned Parenthood indicated they would just leave them to die.

Alisa Laport Snow, a lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, once testified that Planned Parenthood believes the decision to kill a baby who survived an abortion should be left up to the woman seeking and her abortion doctor.

We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician,” said the Planned Parenthood lobbyist.

This is not surprising, given that Planned Parenthood’s prez could not even tell you when life begins.

Cecile Richards who earns a six digit salary killing babies as president of Planned Parenthood was asked by Fusion’s Jorge Ramos when life begins.

This is a question that I think will be debated through the centuries…it is not something that I feel is really part of this conversation. I think every woman has to make their own decisions.”

When asked why it is so controversial for her to say when she thinks life starts, Cecile Richards responded, “Yeah, well, I don’t know if it is controversial . I don’t think its really relevant to the conversation. But for me, I’m a mother of three children. For me, life began when I delivered them…”

The entire concept of killing off the weak, disabled, or feebleminded came out of the eugenics movement which Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger was a member.

In fact, Planned Parenthood’s “Every Child a Wanted Child” slogan originated in Eugenics as I detail here. Planned Parenthood’s eugenics roots date back to Sanger who was a member of the American Eugenics Society, however, they remained connected to that movement long after Sanger was out of the picture. (details here)

As disability advocate, Deborah Geesling points out,”Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is the antithesis of care for disabled. I am keenly aware of her views on the “feeble minded” and what she considers the greatest sin.”

Geesling goes on to quote Sanger who once told news anchor Mike Wallace that the greatest sin was to bring essentially disabled children into the world, “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world, that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being, practically; delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin people can commit.

Today, proponents of abortion say child killing in the womb needs to be publicly funded partly because a disabled child will cost taxpayers money.

Listen to Planned Parenthood’s research arm, The Guttmacher Institute, “If public funds are not available to pay for abortions, a far greater amount of money will be spent to provide maternity care,medical care for the infant…and nutritional assistance to women on Medicaid”. (AbortionandWomen’sHealth)

Heideman was correct to point out the hesitation disabled women have to a radically pro-abortion feminist movement. One can only hope they will continue to distance themselves from the abortion lobby and their to provider, Planned Parenthood.

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood fires pro-choice employee because she is disabled, ordered to pay damages

Posted in Disability, Planned Parenthood and discrimination, Planned Parenthood Bullying, Planned Parenthood disability, Planned Parenthood Employee with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by saynsumthn

Karl Eastlund was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho in November of 2011 after serving for five months in the interim position.Karl joined Planned Parenthood in 2003 as the Chief Financial Officer and quickly became the organizations Chief Operating Officer.

According to a 2009, 990 filed by Planned Parenthood of Central Washington, Eastlund made $100,648 base compensation , $5,000 in Bonus and incentive pay,$3,408 in retirement and other compensation, $5654 in non-taxable benefits, for a grand total of $114,710. Eastlund only worked on average 37.50 hours per week for that salary.

Former CEOs Anna Franks received $212,513 from the tax funded Planned Parenthood and Medical Director Sara Cate was paid $145,683

Planned Parenthood of Central Washington has now become Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho and given the salary of their previous CEO Anna Franks, it is expected that Eastlund will earn well over $200,000 from the TAX FUNDED organization.

Planned Parenthood received $349.6 million in tax dollars in the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2008, and $363.2 MILLION Dollars on Government Grants ( Tax Dollars) in 2009– that is ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY of taxpayer money !!!

According to this News Tribune article, Planned Parenthood must pay damages to former employee, judge rules
By Michelle Dupler, Tri-City Herald
Published: Aug. 2, 2012

The organization formerly known as Planned Parenthood of Central Washington has been ordered to pay a former employee more than $106,000 in damages after firing her because of a disability.

The money awarded to Shannon Sharp by a Benton County Superior Court judge includes more than $86,000 for back wages and $20,000 for emotional distress.

Karl Eastlund, the organization’s CEO, also was ordered to pay Sharp $30,000 for emotional distress. ( Keep in mind his salary in general-above)

Sharp waged an eight-year battle against her former employer that culminated in a jury verdict in her favor in late June.

Her lawsuit claimed that Planned Parenthood fired her from her job as a regional manager after she was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in her neck and back that required ongoing medical treatment.

Her neck and back pain sometimes made Sharp unable to perform all of her job functions, and her lawsuit alleged that Planned Parenthood fired her rather than provide reasonable accommodations, court documents said.

Planned Parenthood — now Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho — claimed in court that it fired Sharp because of her performance.

“In our view, we followed all laws and professional protocols when we terminated her employment due to performance; however, recently a court agreed that the former employee’s claims had some merit,” Planned Parenthood officials said in a statement at the time of the verdict. “While we believe we followed all laws, we respect the court process, and we are grateful this legal process has concluded so that we can continue to focus on patient care.”

Court documents said Sharp had never received a negative performance evaluation or reprimand, and that the organization’s human resources department performed no independent investigation.

The lawsuit was filed in 2004 but was delayed for several years because Washington’s anti-discrimination law was unsettled because of court battles and legislative changes, Sharp’s attorney, Michael Saunders, told the Herald.

The case finally came to trial in June, and a jury found that Sharp was fired because of her disability.

Some questions about monetary payments remained, and Judge Cameron Mitchell on July 23 signed the judgments against Planned Parenthood for $106,000 and Eastlund for $30,000.

In the video below, Eastlund explains that Planned Parenthood has an “Image Problem” inside a church of all places….I guess they do given they are the number one provider of abortions in the nation , and they discriminate against people with disabilities, as well as setting up their clinics in minority neighborhoods and were founded by a racist and eugenics Klan Speaker ( See Maafa21)

Senate Considers Dangerous United Nations Treaty Undermining Parental Rights

Posted in Disability, Parental Rights, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2012 by saynsumthn

PURCELLVILLE, Va., July 11, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — United States Senate Committee to consider dangerous United Nations treaty; parental rights advocates cry foul.

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was signed by President Obama in July of 2009, but it has not received the necessary two-thirds approval from the United States Senate for ratification. Recently, Obama has pushed the Senate to ratify the CRPD, and the treaty is now scheduled for its first official action in the Senate on Thursday.

Michael Farris, co-founder and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), is scheduled to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and highlight the concerns of parents across the county.

“We all want to show our love and care for people with disabilities,” Farris said. “This treaty, however, is not the way to do it. This treaty will give United Nations and government agents, not parents, the authority to decide all educational and treatment issues for disabled children. All of the rights that parents have under both traditional American law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act will be undermined by this treaty.”

J. Michael Smith, President of HSLDA, agrees, “The question is, who should make critical decisions regarding the care and raising of children who have disabilities? Their parents or United Nations social workers?”

The CRPD, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, would transform the parent-child relationship by establishing a new legal standard for dealing with children with disabilities: the best interests of the child standard. The CRPD states in Article 7: “In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”

“Parental rights will be eviscerated by the mandatory application of the ‘best interest of the child’ standard,” said Farris. “If parents think that private education is best for their child, the CRPD gives the government the authority and the legal duty to override that judgment and keep the child in the government-approved program that the officials think is best for the child.”

“There is no need for the Senate to ratify the CRPD, as our nation’s state and federal laws already protect our precious loved ones with disabilities. It is outrageous that U.S. senators would support a treaty that surrenders U.S. sovereignty and family integrity to unelected U.N. bureaucrats.”

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is scheduled to hold a hearing on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, July 12.

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Visit us online at http://www.HSLDA.org.

Government tells NHS – Don’t resuscitate disabled kids or children with learning difficulties ( Death Panels and Eugenics?)

Posted in Death Panels, Disability, Eugenics, Euthanasia, Euthanesia with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by saynsumthn

Mencap is calling on the government to make the NHS safe for people with a learning disability, following the publication, today (Wednesday 15 February), of a new report ‘Death by indifference: 74 deaths and counting’, which finds continued institutional discrimination in the NHS.

The new report looks at what progress has been made since the publication of Mencap’s original ‘Death by indifference’ report in 2007.

It confirms that, although some positive steps have been taken in the NHS, many health professionals are still failing to provide adequate care to people with a learning disability. The report highlights the deaths of 74 people with a learning disability in NHS care over the last ten years – highlighted in an article in The Guardian on 3 January – which Mencap believes are a direct result of institutional discrimination and could have been avoided.

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Government tells NHS – Don’t resuscitate disabl…, posted with vodpod

NHS accused of putting ‘do not resuscitate’ notices on patients with learning disabilities without consulting with their families
By Daily Mail Reporter

A leading charity has accused NHS staff of thinking patients with learning abilities are not worth treating, often giving them ‘do not resuscitate’ notices without telling their families.

A Mencap report said the deaths in NHS care of 74 people with learning disabilities could have been avoided – and were a direct result of institutional discrimination.

Mencap said the staggering number of deaths had occurred in the past decade, and it called on the Government to ‘make the NHS safe for people with a learning disability’.
Its report – titled Death By Indifference: 74 Deaths And Counting – found continued discrimination in the NHS, and examined the progress made since the publication of its original Death By Indifference report in 2007.

The charity said that, although some positive steps had been taken in the NHS, many health professionals were still failing to provide adequate care to those with learning disabilities.

In particular, it pointed to the inappropriate use of ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNR) orders on such patients.

The report said: ‘The inappropriate use of DNR orders has remained a constant feature of many Mencap cases. There have been circumstances where DNR notices have been applied without the knowledge or agreement of families, and applied hastily in inappropriate situations, solely on the basis of the person’s learning disability.’

Report authors said they uncovered common errors made by healthcare professionals, including failure to abide by disability discrimination law, ignoring crucial advice from families, failing to meet even basic care needs, not recognising pain and distress, and delays in diagnosing and treating serious illness.

Mencap said it believed this was underpinned by an assumption by some healthcare professionals that people with a learning disability were not worth treating.

Mark Goldring, Mencap chief executive, said: ‘The report confirms that, five years on from our landmark Death By Indifference report, many parts of the NHS still do not understand how to treat people with a learning disability.

‘At Mencap we continue to hear heartbreaking stories of unnecessary deaths and pain. Sadly we believe that these cases are just the tip of the iceberg.’
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: ‘This Government has made very clear its commitment to improve the health of people with learning disabilities.
‘We share Mencap’s concerns that some people with learning disabilities may not be receiving the high-quality healthcare that they should expect.’

In the conclusion to its report, Mencap says: People with a learning disability have a right to the same quality of healthcare as those without a learning disability. Getting it right for them will also mean getting it right for all vulnerable people, such as older people and those with dementia.

‘The government must act to make all the changes necessary to make good healthcare a right for all.

Included in the report are case studies typical of what Mencap believes to be institutionalised discrrimination in the NHS:
‘Alan MacDonald died suddenly in Lister Hospital, Stevenage, on 20 December 2009, aged 53.
‘He had lived independently with his wife, supported by carers.
‘Alan had Down’s syndrome and a moderate learning disability, and was considered by his family to have a “full and active life”.
‘Three days before admission to hospital, Alan was noted by his family to be “in fine form”. However, on December 15, 2009, he was admitted to hospital with abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
‘From the time Alan was admitted, his family felt they had to “beg” staff to treat him, only to be met with “hostility”.
‘A member of Alan’s family who is a doctor… said: “I felt the nurses on the ward did not respect a gravely ill patient with special needs and a grieving family. Instead of using respect, tact, care and understanding, I and the rest of Alan’s family were faced with hostility, disrespect and no consideration for the distressing situation”.
‘The cause of death was multiple organ failure, sepsis and bronchopneumonia.
‘After a protracted complaint against it by Alan’s family, the hospital has finally apologised for the attitude of some of its nursing staff. But, for the family, the lack of respect shown for their loved one is something that will never be forgotten.’

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