Noah

Let me begin by saying I plan to adopt a baby – or as many as they'll let me adopt – with Down syndrome. This story is one giant reason why.

Put yourself in the shoes of a parent giving up their child after loving them for a year and a half.

Not a parent?

Imagine caring for a puppy and loving it for a year and a half, then giving it away.

Not a dog person?

Imagine your best friend. You do everything together; live together, eat together. Practically inseparable. Then after a year and a half, your best friend moves away and there is no way to talk or see each other ever again.

 

CAN YOU FEEL THAT?

 

Imagine what Noah felt. Noah, a year and half old, completely dependent on his parents, had learned this way of life, and then, was completely abandoned. Never again to see the parents that loved and cared for him for so long. His future ended once the doctor’s Down syndrome diagnosis came.

 
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There are so many stories about children with Down syndrome being neglected and so much research regarding neglect's effects on a developing child. Many firsthand accounts describe parents adopting children who develop cognitive delays as a result of neglect and abandonment.

many children share NOAh's story of being Cherished until the Down-syndrome-death-sentence diagnosis is delivered.

 
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People with special needs ARE one of the most under-represented minority groups in the world.

So much so, that it is not uncommon for doctors in China to refuse delivering babies likely to have Down syndrome. While a big reason for the pro-abortion advertisements in China are due to population control, they are also do to the stance local health professionals take on Down syndrome. Heavy discouragement is pointed towards mothers expecting children with Down syndrome.

 
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It’s not just the Chinese government.

It was only around 70 years ago that our American government was institutionalizing individuals with Down syndrome.

Denmark has been trying to eradicate Down syndrome for years.

The last person to be born with Down syndrome in Iceland is now 5 years old.

It was only 1990 when people with disabilities were rightly recognized with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). People like Noah, people like my brother, were not permitted rights until the year 1990. That's not even 30 years ago.

 
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I am currently a university student and can honestly say I didn't learn anything about people with disabilities in a classroom until I intentionally took a class on adaptive physical education.

In science or psychology, there was nothing. We were not given one example hypothesizing someone with a disability coming into our office and how we should except to help them. Not one.

It's my fourth year at school and I hadn’t heard anything about people with special needs in the classroom. It is so important for the universities and teachers to be reached. The students in colleges and vocational schools are the ones entrusted with the future, and how people with disabilities will be engaged. 

If teachers CAN BE informed and willing to teach ABOUT PEOPLE WITH VARYING ABILITIES, imagine the impact on upcoming leaders!

 
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Right now, we are left with the fight.

We are the ones that are fighting for their rights. We are honorary minorities in the special needs community. There are people like my brother that need us to fight for them because they are unable to fight for themselves.

When governments don’t care about the children like Noah, they aren't supported and the inevitable response is neglect. Not from a place of malice, but simply from a lack of priority. Many of the employees in the orphanages care deeply for these children, but there is just no way to keep up with the demands of the growing numbers with no support.

There are thousands of children being abandoned all over the world just like Noah – because they are “different.” I can almost guarantee Noah could have had a chance at having a typical childhood if the resources had been there.

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