Folks with Down syndrome and their dad and mom are talking out in opposition to a marketing campaign to get individuals dwelling with the syndrome added to the endangered species listing.
Ben Tarr, a board member with the Canadian Down syndrome society, admits that the marketing campaign is “edgy,” however he’s adamant that individuals dwelling with the syndrome ought to be on the listing compiled by the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Tarr couldn’t present statistics concerning the variety of girls in Canada who select to terminate their pregnancies after receiving a constructive check for Down syndrome.
However even within the absence of these numbers, he believes there is a transfer afoot to eradicate Down syndrome births.
“We`re really about to embark on a analysis challenge right here with the College of Toronto the place we`ll have the ability to get some extra details about the neighborhood right here in Canada,” Tarr informed CBC Toronto.
“For us as a corporation, it is about supporting individuals within the choice making that they should undergo. It`s about offering info and guaranteeing they’ve the suitable info that they want for them.”
I do not like individuals evaluating me as an animal, it is not truthful.– Francie Munoz
Satisfied of a transfer to eradicate Down syndrome births, Tarr mentioned to mark Down
Syndrome Consciousness week this yr, the society is making use of to be the primary individuals on the endangered species listing.
“So we have really submitted an software to the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature and we’re seeking to be the primary human species on their listing,” Tarr mentioned.
“The explanation for that’s, actually, we’re seeking to garner help. You understand, while you take a look at the inhabitants measurement of these dwelling with Down syndrome, what’s endangered is definitely the help that we get.”
However Francie Munoz, a girl with Down syndrome, disapproves of the marketing campaign, saying it compares individuals with Down syndrome with animals.
She says what she desires is respect and to have the ability to dwell her life like anyone else.
“It does not matter who you might be … I do not like individuals evaluating me as an animal, it is not truthful,” Munoz informed CBC Toronto.
“Love us for who we’re, not a personality, not an animal.”
Munoz was thrown into the highlight in 2017 when two cops have been caught on dashcam footage mocking her throughout a site visitors cease, describing her as disfigured and one thing lower than an entire individual.
The 2 officers have been charged with offences underneath the Police Companies Act.
Munoz’s father, Carlos Munoz, says whereas he appreciates the message the Canadian Down Syndrome Society is making an attempt to convey, he believes they’re taking the flawed strategy.
“For my part, any such marketing campaign, personally as a father, I do not subscribe that a lot to it. I subscribe to the message itself, not the way in which … it was introduced,” he informed CBC Toronto.
As cute as a polar bear will be, I do not assume that anyone ought to be making that comparability in that sense.– Carlos Munoz
“The dad and mom I’ve talked to don’t admire the truth that our youngsters are being in comparison with animals. As cute as a polar bear will be, I do not assume that anyone ought to be making that comparability in that sense.”
He mentioned whereas the marketing campaign may be sparking dialog, it is largely amongst individuals inside the Down syndrome neighborhood, discussing whether or not they approve or disapprove.
However Tarr mentioned the society is transferring forward with the marketing campaign to make sure they’ve a seat on the desk to speak about “massively essential points” to the neighborhood.
He pointed to points corresponding to employment, housing, and training.
“When you consider animals on [the endangered] listing, we spend a whole lot of power and time defending and ensuring these animals are in a position to thrive, and we need to do this for the Down syndrome neighborhood,” Tarr mentioned.
“We need to guarantee that our neighborhood can thrive in life.”
Tarr, who has a son with Down syndrome, says he worries about all of the issues that any dad or mum would fear about — their kid’s happiness, their kid’s potential to be taught, to develop, to turn into the character that they’ll develop into.
He mentioned individuals outdoors of the Down syndrome neighborhood nonetheless have a whole lot of alternative to assist.
“When you consider all of the employers on the market, you consider individuals like authorities that take care of housing and funding; there’s a lot that this neighborhood of wonderful individuals can supply and that is what we’re actually searching for.”