a reply to: b14warrior
I take your moral side as quite right, I don't like the inhumanity towards the care for people less fortunate, however
I take the view we are at a tipping point on just how much care we can financially give in today's financial world.
I see Downs as a specific condition one can do nothing to change. The physical side of the condition with the big toes more animal than human is
something a lot of people don't realise and freaks many parents out. Its not a condition you can improve because its set, a human with a completely
different almost simeon look. I mean no offence, just stating what I have seen happen. You mention autism, again an area with huge differences.
This can isolate a person to a world within themselves and virtual unawareness of other people at its extreme, it can also produce brilliant college
professors with almost single focus. This condition cannot be identified so easily as Downs but we do have at least a hope of some breakthrough for a
cure or help. You don't have that change with Downs, is the point I am trying to make. It isn't until you work with people with these conditions
that you see the real side of what they face and what they need and uncomfortable for many the real size of the budget that has to be allowed for
I am looking at the problem practically and on the other side of the coin, what happens when funding has to be taken away from those such as Downs
who, after their families can't cope will look after them? These people have a condition, but the argument will be - they are not ill or sick so
don't need the care, funding gone and they are expected to live on income support? Many can function provided everything is provided for them, but
when they throw a wobbly, someone has to restrain, pick up the pieces, repair the damage and there is a limit. Where I worked, our repair bill just
from the Downs Williams, ran in the thousands per year for the smash ups he went in for, not to comment the upset and fear it caused the others
living there. That money for vandalism wasn't calculated into the fees for his care - it that had to be funded elsewhere.
Surely if you have a condition that you can rule out by scanning for, whether Downs or whatever, today its worth it because with the numbers of people
living longer, added to overpopulation, funding is not unlimited. I just feel we are at that tipping point and Downs, however cute they look as
little kiddies such as the little girl, and we had one just like her in the family, don't stay like that and the men especially can be very difficult
to deal with, how ever much good heart the carers have. Our little Downs as an adult slowly went into spending her days literally curling up in her
own little world till she died. There was nothing we could do we were told it was 'their natural state'. by the Consultants.
You might not like what Dawkins says, but he is a brave man for standing up and basically telling the truth he picked on a condition that we could do
something about - and just a thought abour any couple wanting a child, do you want a healthy one or a Downs - what do you think they would elect for