Tuesday, December 7, 2010

An Eloquent Defense Of A Severely Disabled Child

Here’s an eloquent defense of a child with severe disabilities – by a man who, when faced with his newborn son, came to eschew his agreement with Peter Singer, that such children should be killed.
A Life Beyond Reason
My son, August, has a number of quirks that distinguish him from the typically developing 10-year-old. He lives with cerebral palsy, is a spastic quadriplegic, has cortical visual impairment (meaning he is legally blind), is completely nonverbal and cognitively disabled, has a microcephalic head, and must wear a diaper. Moreover, he is immobile—he can't crawl or scoot around or hold himself up or even sit in a chair without being strapped in it. If someone were to put him on the floor and leave him there, he would be in the same location hours later, give or take a foot. more

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