The Importance of Social Inclusion #BecausePeopleMatter
Last week, CBS News broke the headline, “Iceland is on Pace to Virtually Eliminate Down Syndrome.”
When first reading the headline, one might have assumed that the country’s medical advances have allowed them to find a cure for a relatively common genetic disorder.
Reading on, however, the headline actually alludes to the systemic elimination of people with Down syndrome, more specifically fetuses in their mother’s womb who tested positive for Down syndrome.
According to the CDC, this genetic disorder is caused by the baby having an extra chromosome. Down syndrome continues to be the most common chromosomal disorder among people. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the U.S., which is about 1 in every 700 babies born.
Iceland gives every pregnant mother the option for a prenatal screening that will tell them if their unborn child has Down syndrome. According to the article, “close to 100 percent who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.”
One organization offering resources relating to this subject is The Lettercase Outreach Program, part of the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI) and supported by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. Lettercase offers a library of resources that provide accurate, balanced, and up-to-date information for new and expectant parent learning about a diagnosis of Down syndrome and other genetic conditions.
Here at Sevenly, “social inclusion” and care for “the least, the last and the lost” is extremely important to us. We believe that all people – no matter how small, no matter if they are voiceless – matter in this world.
We’re privileged to collaborate with organizations dedicated to this shared creed.
Different is not less! Socially including those who may look, act, or think differently than us brings value to us all that will continue to make the world better.
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