Posts Tagged ‘Disability’

Workshops about disability and participation – everyone has a role to play

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

People with disabilities want to be treated as people first – rather than by being defined by impairment and everyone has a role to play in helping bring that to fruition. That was the message from the 2018 Social Justice Week Workshop held last Saturday at St Thomas More Parish Church in Mt. Maunganui. Caritas Read more

Shortland Street’s Down syndrome storyline inappropriate and offensive

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

A suggestion to abort a Down syndrome pregnancy in the popular New Zealand television soap opera Shortland Street has drawn fire from The Down Syndrome Association. They say they weren’t consulted about the storyline which is described as reflecting outdated thinking and failing to represent an inclusive society. Association spokesperson Kim Porthouse said the organisation Read more

Euthanasia Bill clearly intends to go beyond terminal illness

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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“What is clear is that this Bill intends to go beyond terminal illness; what is unclear is exactly what conditions are in or out,” says the Disability Rights Commissioner. “It is readily apparent that the scope is unclear and misunderstood,” said Paula Tesoriero. Paula Tesoriero published a scathing assessment of David Seymour’s End of Life Read more

Euthanasia bill poses risks for disabled says Disability Commissioner

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The Disability Commissioner and some people with disabilities say legalising euthanasia could lead to the erosion of rights for disabled people who choose to live. Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says David Seymour’s private member’s the End of Life Choice Bill, which was currently before the Justice Select Committee, undermined years of work to change perceptions Read more

Chinese sisters: a new approach to helping the disabled

Monday, September 4th, 2017

BEIJING, China — As soon as the first sisters moved onto the church grounds in a rural region outside of Beijing, the babies started showing up on the doorstep. They were babies with severe disabilities, abandoned at a few months old, with no trace of the family who left them behind. China’s one-child policy was not Read more

Principal’s letter leaves family with autistic son speechless

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A heartfelt letter from a small Otorohanga primary school principal has left a autistic student smiling and his parents speechless and emotional. The Maihiihi School principal, Glenn MacPherson, snuck a gift wrapped parcel and a letter into student Cam Uden’s school bag last Tuesday. His dad, Jason Uden, discovered it and shared the letter on Twitter as a show of thanks. Read the letter Related Posts:Catholic school may Read more

Abortions on babies with cleft palates have tripled in England

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Abortions of British babies with cleft palates has tripled in just four years as would-be parents rely on ultrasound scans to get advance warning of health problems and thousands of others are aborted because of various disabilities. New government data indicate while four unborn babies were aborted in 2011 because they had cleft palates, 11 Read more

Reflections on refusal of NZ residency for autistic boy

Friday, February 19th, 2016

It is largely an accident that the case of my autistic stepson Peter – refused residency in New Zealand on health grounds by the country’s immigration authorities – has become a cause celebre. We never planned it that way, and for personal reasons we do not intend to fight what we see as an invidious Read more

Disability, discrimination, surrogacy: Baby Gammy

Friday, August 15th, 2014

There has been extensive recent discussion of the circumstances of baby Gammy, suffering from Down’s syndrome and heart problems, and apparently left behind with the birth mother in Thailand by the Australian commissioning couple, though they took his well sister home. Australians have responded generously with support for this photogenic little boy so that he Read more

Everything I can do: living with Down Syndrome

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Some people may think that I would be treated badly because I have Down syndrome. My experience has not been this way. God tells everyone to treat people equally, and I think that most people act in this way. I don’t feel as if people make fun of me or make me feel bad just because Read more