Elderly and Handicap
- (Medicine) physically disabled
- (Psychology) psychol denoting a person whose social behaviour or emotional reactions are in some way impaired
A disability is a condition caused by an accident, trauma, genetics or disease which may limit a person's mobility, hearing, vision, speech or mental function.
Everyone knows abortion is a prolife issue; however it is not the only pro-life issue. Infanticide, stem cell research, cloning, contraceptive pills, abstinence, care of the elderly and handicapped, living wills, organ donation, euthanasia, and assisted suicide are all life issues. We hope our website will educate and inform you about all these important life issues.
Disability issues everyone should know about:
- A double standard for murder
In cases where parents murder or attempt to kill their disabled children, they are typically described as put-upon victims, while their children’s identity and personhood fades into the background.
- Police tragedies
Deaf people often don’t respond as expected to verbal commands. Physically disabled people sometimes look or sound intoxicated. Autistic people can be extra sensitive to touch, noise, and direct confrontation. And police are often quick to assume that anyone who seems “mentally ill” is dangerous. As was in the case of Ethan Saylor, a Maryland man with Down Syndrome tacked and asphyxiated to death by mall security guards when he wouldn’t leave a movie theater, the common denominator is escalation instead of conciliation. Vastly uneven or non-existent police training on interacting with disabled citizens is a key contributor to such tragedies.
- Institutional bias in long-term care
People with severe physical or cognitive disabilities sometimes need help with everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, dressing, bathing, and even using the toilet. In the past, you could only get this kind of long-term care in nursing homes or large institutions—highly regulated, hospital-like facilities cut off from the community. Today, most people who need these services prefer to get them in their own homes, in the form of visiting home care aides. For disabled people, this is about basic freedom and the right to choose an integrated life of possibilities or else be forced to live a restricted, regulated life waiting around for something to happen.
- The employment gap
In 2016, 17.9 percent of persons with a disability were employed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 65.3 percent.
- Special education
It’s hard to improve employment rates for disabled people if their education is substandard or lacking meaningful credentials. Unfortunately, the education picture for disabled students in the United States is mixed. Disabled students receiving special education spend 40% or more of each day in “regular” classrooms along with non-disabled peers, while the rest spend more or all of their time in segregated, sometimes isolated classes with only other disabled students. This is much more integration than was typical a few decades ago, but rates vary from state to state, and many disabled kids still spend most of their times in self-contained classes, separated from their non-disabled peers. Only 61% of disabled students earned a High school diploma. The rest of the disabled students either leave school with a non-diploma certificate that doesn’t count as a diploma for most purposes, dropped out of school, or “aged out” at 21, when the right to free public education ends.
Positive treatment – On the national scene, there is one bright and encouraging sign of re-awakening respect for life. This is embodied in widespread efforts to bring the physically and mentally challenged into the mainstream of society.
- The Special Olympics have given the mentally challenged a chance to compete, to excel, to win…and to take a praiseworthy step toward making these people accepted and understood.
- We applaud the move towards specialized classes tailored to educate the blind, the deaf, the retarded and emotionally disturbed.
- We strongly second the moves made by interested groups to upgrade the care of the elderly in nursing homes, and send forth a special plea not to let the whirlwind pace of our lives keep us from paying these elderly the attention and affection they deserve.
- These efforts give us reason to hope that we shall all move with one heart to embrace our physically and mentally challenged brothers and sisters, for these concerns will be the sturdy paving for the road back to a re-awakening Respect for Life.