Originally Posted by dontpwnmebro
so basically what half of this thread is saying is that we should forget about disabled kids and wheel them down into a ditch and leave them there
I'm not advocating eugenics, but I wonder what percentage of the population has expressed sentiments along those lines at least once in their life. I bet it's pretty high.
A friend of mine who had a baby recently had a bit of a crisis when he found out during the pregnancy that the baby had an elevated risk of Down's Syndrome. He summed up the choices facing him as a lifetime's burden, or an abortion. I'm not saying those were
the only choices, but that's how it seemed to him. Maybe it's a fair assessment, and maybe it just shows misconceptions the average person has about people with disabilities. I don't know.
The baby turned out fine, I'm happy to say. And it's funny: I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say that, like if by saying that I'm glad the child doesn't have Down's Syndrome, I'm unfairly victimizing people who have it, or their family members, or people who know them, or basically anybody who has ever heard about it and might be offended. You hear a lot of stuff from awareness groups that talk about people being differently abled, or what have you. But you know, I have no more reason to be ashamed of being glad that the baby doesn't have Down's than I would be to say that I'm glad it was born with the right number of limbs, or all five classical senses (there are apparently many more senses, like the sense of where your limbs are in relation to each other, but you know what I mean).
Anyway, it's a strange world we live in, and everyone needs to take a bit of responsibility for making it suit their needs. If you can't see, and you want to use a computer (this being the Information Age, unless we're already past that), then you need to know how to make your computer relay information to you non-visually. Not every website is going to have that built in. If a university isn't responsible for giving crutches or wheelchairs to people who have difficulty walking, then it shouldn't be responsible for making sure every single piece of software is text-to-speech compatible. Guess what? If you're in the sciences, you're almost inevitably going to use some ancient POS computer with ancient POS software because it can interface with some hardware you need to use, or it's the only thing that runs an old bit of modeling software, or whatever. My dad still keeps a 486 or something on hand because he uses an old version of STELLA. That's just how it is. Overcome the challenge.