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Elderly and Disabled

Posted by Ask Emily on March 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Often times, we hear about the, "disabled" OR the, "elderly", but seldom do we hear about the, "elderly disabled".  Back when people were being diagnosed with things like Polio for example, doctors did not give a promising prognosis to parents of these children.  Now, you hear about people who are, "older" who have diagnosis' such as Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida, and it is not as uncommon and not as surprising as it might have  been maybe 50-60 years ago.   Some doctors feel it is legally their responsibility to prepare new and expecting parents of children with, "Special Needs", for a not so promising future for these children.  Some doctors might suggest terminating the pregnancy and not even giving the child a chance to prove their own abilities while other doctors might suggest to have the child institutionalized by the time that they turn 18, so that the parents can rest assured that their child will be taken care of for the rest of their lives.  More and more children are proving these doctors wrong, by going out and getting drivers licenses, graduating from high school and sometimes even college, achieving employment, and sometimes even having their own families when they are older.  It is understandable that sometimes raising a child with, "special needs" can be a scary thing and that the idea of them going out into the world and being successful might seem unrealistic to some people, but unless what they are trying to do or doing could seriously hurt the person or someone else, or maybe even worse, why not let them try to succeed in the scary world that we live in and just do our best to guide them in the right direction, so that they will have the skills and the knowledge to handle life's challenges with little to no help if that help were to all of a sudden disappear and not be available to them one day.  Before deciding your child's future for them, make sure that you do your research on the statistics of people who might have similar challenges to your child, and see what types of things that they have accomplished.  Look at the history of famous people with, "disabilities" in our world and the things that they have accomplished.  You never know, you might be raising the next Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell.  

Categories: Elderly, Disabilities and Special Needs

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