“I watch families caring for children with Down Syndrome and feel awe. Having a child with Down Syndrome is exhausting, expensive, humiliating, often marriage-destroying, and has no reward in sight.”
Wow. Having a child with Down Syndrome is “humiliating”? That is way harsh right? I mean seriously, who would say such a thing?
Actually, this isn’t the actual quote. The actual quote is about Autism, not Down Syndrome. The author, Heather Mallick, thinks these things about having a child with Autism.
My initial reaction to Karla’s ASD Page on FaceBook, was “Reward? Do parents of normal kids get a cookie or something???”
There are no cookies for parents. Not for parents of normal kids, and not for parents of special kids. Not for parents of white kids, or black kids, or kids who need glasses, or kids who are gifted. There are no cookies.
All parenting is exhausting and expensive. Two married adults not acting like adults, or simply moving on in different directions are the reason for marriage break ups, and we’ve already established that there are no cookies. As for humiliating…
My kids are the exact opposite of humiliating. As their parent, I feel nothing but pride!
This sort of drivel is not socially acceptable if you are talking about disabilities such as Down Syndrome. It isn’t socially acceptable if you are talking about a child that is a different race from one parent. It isn’t socially acceptable if you are talking about a child who is gay. It isn’t socially acceptable if you are talking about having a child with a certain colour to their eyes, or a child who walks with a limp, or a child who is blind.
It isn’t socially acceptable. Period. And it is about time the world realises that.
We are not second class citizens. Stop treating us like we are.