Working on recognizing and noticing physical traits, particularly in faces with some of my classes. (Teaching social studies to children with varying special needs) Anyway, I found this cutie in my google image search and used her for one of the activities. I will say though, Google is not super woke. When I searched "face" or "child face" pretty much everyone was white and no apparent disabilities (except for the occasional in the middle of facial surgery - nsfw image). I had to (and have always had to) type in "black woman face" or "Indian boy face" or "Down syndrome girl face" if I want more inclusivity and diversity in my lessons and materials. Anyway, still proud of what I made, and that I was conscious of making sure the students will see themselves reflected in the activities, especially for the few students with Down syndrome with whom I work.
As a teacher I worry about all the children who will now fear going to school - whose education, mental health, and general well being will suffer thanks to pigheaded policy makers who can't look past their own noses.
One of the last blind spots of advocacy is disability, because often they are invisible; out of sight, out of mind. There is a clear and vile connection between white supremacism, fascism, nazism and eugenics, the latter of which has been getting positive press around the globe. The first people killed by the Nazis in WWII were disabled. They were also the last victims of the holocaust to be memorialized. In 2014. The nazi campaign to create the master race began with sterilizing some 375,000 people with disabilities, and eventually they would kill 270,000 more. The first people killed in a gas chamber were children and adults with physical deformities or mental illness. The Nazis set up centers near hospitals, took children up to age 3 identified by doctors as disabled from parents, murdered them, and took their brains to study them. Eventually they started taking Jewish children with them. Iceland is proud of their near 100% eradication of Down syndrome. France, England, Australia, China, and many more countries are moving in the same direction. In many countries a diagnosis of Down syndrome can extend the window for an abortion well into viability. In China, an infant diagnosed with Down syndrome can be terminated as late as 9 months. I wasn't that far along in my pregnancy when my son was born. England has a 90% abortion rate for prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome. If it were any other factor besides ability, there would be intense moral outrage, but this genocide is instead being lauded in the press. Information is kept from potential parents that might paint Down syndrome and other genetic disabilities in a positive light and treat these medical advances as a way to help parents prepare, not only prevent. Doctors commonly present the diagnosis as sorrowful with the assumption of abortion. Down syndrome is the most common genetic syndrome, occurring in approximately 1 in every 600 pregnancies. What happens when they find the autism gene? Or the anxiety gene? Or the poor gene?
The red head gene had already been identified, as well as a variety of related health risks, but Cosmo says that red hair is a "beautiful genetic mutation." I say so is Down Syndrome