I’m trying to figure out – why now?
We’ve made such progress, especially over the last year. So why now? Why the big push to make sure fetuses with Down syndrome are identified even sooner than the 16 week blood test already in place? And why is the medical community singling out Down syndrome?
I wrote a blog post this past July about the change of attitude among young parents regarding disabilities in general; the fact that they simply do not seem to care and have managed to steer clear of the shame issue and all the social stigmas of having a child with a disability.
I have also witnessed the enlightenment of our society over the last year about people with disabilities. In fact, last evening, Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News did a piece on a young boy with Down syndrome which has taken the advertising world by storm. Watch the video – it is everything I hoped would happen and the reason I started United Media Now. Media changes perceptions!
Today, we have Becky on Glee as a great role model and Apple providing great products which are affordable and actually benefit our loved ones. Walgreen’s has completely revamped their distribution centers to provide jobs for people with disabilities and more recently Pampers, Target and Nordstrom have graced their advertising pages with kids with Down syndrome.
The internet is going wild with praise for them all!
The business community appears to have finally gotten it and when the money starts pouring in from our once-forgotten market segment, other businesses will follow suit. And please, don’t get upset if these companies make money from us – that’s good. This will keep them around.
I never thought I would say this, but the business community continues to impress me, while our medical community continues to disappoint. What happened and when did the people who take an oath to preserve life actually begin promoting ways to snuff us out?
Sorry boys, but you are out of touch with what is going on out there. People, society, families… they don’t care any more. So why do you? And why is our society allowing the medical community to practice eugenics under the ruse of a “safer” test? Have we secretly become the next Denmark - a country which has publicly declared its goal to rid its population of Down syndrome by 2030.
I don’t know, but the timing sure seems crazy to me. But as I approach a half century of life, I have found this world to be full of irony.
Thankfully, if my memory serves me right on these kinds of issues – I know who wins – and it usually isn’t them.
Good to be back – missed you all!