Respond to these students with three sentences to each of the responses.
Week 14 Disability in the Developing World
1. Sarah Persaud RE: Ingstad – What resonated with you? It is unfortunate that among other things, that attitudes affect the success of people with disabilities. Without a shift in attitude there is no support and no empathy.
There are many stereotypes, assumptions, and preconceived notions that are untrue. If people education themselves and learn instead of judging, an ideal world fit for living for people with disabilities would be attainable. As per the article the negative attitudes led to seclusion, inequalities, and unfortunately death.
In the US we are modern and liberal therefore disabled people are treated better as opposed to other countries. America is not the best but there are laws and we are inclusive. Unlike other countries where death and myths rules their thinking, America seems to be past that.
Reference Ingstad, B. (2003). Disability in the Developing World. In Albrecht, G. L., Seelman, K. D., & Bury, M. (Eds.), Handbook of Disability Studies (pp. 772-792). California: Sage Publications.
2. Sarah Persaud RE: Charlton – What reasonated for you?
When reading, I was not taken back but I was used to the idea that people would “hide” their disabled children because they were ashamed. It in the text, the author mentioned that a Thai director hid his daughter at home because he was ashamed of her because she was disabled. I was not surprised because many cultures would hide their disabled children or send them away because they were ashamed of them or could not explain what happened or even women would be embarrassed because others, especially men and elders would think that the woman did something wrong while she was pregnant.
There are similarities in the US because if you are an immigrant you might still carry your cultural values in the US. Regardless of a person being an immigrant, when disabilities were seen as a stigma, in the US it was not talked about. There was no acceptance or understanding. The difference is now, there is acceptance and inclusiveness towards everyone. There is so much work to do though but we made it past embarrassment.
Charlton, J. L. Observations on Everyday Life in Nothing About Us Without Us.” pp 83-111.
Week 15 Moral and Ethical Issues in Disabilities:
Sarah Persaud RE: Gill – Euthanasia issues for people with disabilities
Euthanasia is a debatable and sensitive subject. My personal opinion is that I do not feel that euthanasia is justified for any patient. I also feel that when it comes to personal rights, than if a person chooses to die than it is there right and who I am to tell them what to do with their body. You cannot make someone agree or believe what you believe even if it is for their best interest. I think treatment should be provided before they allow euthanasia. Death is a topic that draws many opinions and having the “right to die,” just sounds eerie and unnatural. I believe that when it is your time, then it is your time to go. I do not think that someone should voluntary take their life even though there are many justifications for it.
As per the article, Gill speaks of Bouvia. Bouvia’s story is sad and shows so many reasons why she would want to die but I agree that she did fall into the stigma of helpless, instead of beating her disability she succumbed to it.
This also remind me of the text, Of Mice and Men. I teach it every year and the popular topic is, was Lenny’s death justified because George killed him out of care because Curly would have killed him out of hate. I can see the the reason behind George killing Lenny. Lenny was also developmentally delayed.
In all, I feel that when you are ready to leave this earth, God will take care of it. People with disabilities have come so far to backtrack and prove what they fought against.
Gill, C. J. (2004) Depression in the Context of Disability and the Right to Die.
2. Sarah Persaud RE: Euthanasia. As with the last post, euthanasia is a highly debatable topic because it is about the right to die and to have your own death in your hands, as if you are planning it and allowing it to happen.
There are two sides, the person wanting to end their life and people ending the person who wants to be deceased life.
Reading the stories from the article are disturbing. The people were everyday people that one one bad shortcoming and their lives were over. Families wanted to end their lives, I am sure out of love and care because they do not want to see their loved ones suffer, which is something that might change my mind as well. I would not want to see my loved one suffering.
It is hard to make a decision like that for yourself and others.
In NY, where I am from, it is illegal and majority of the country it is illegal except some of the Pacific, like California.
Reference: Kappel, B. (2009). Moral and Ethical Issues Specific to Developmental Disabilities: Guardia