Controversial campaigns invite people with Down syndrome to "endangered species"



The Canadian Advocacy Group for People with Down Syndrome is struggling against a dubious "nervous" campaign that compares people with this condition with animals.

The Canadian Society with Down Syndrome wants the International Union for Nature Conservation to add a list of endangered species to people with Down syndrome. They would be the first people on the list to classify endangered, endangered and vulnerable animal species around the world.

Video from the advocacy group (see above) makes its point partially dressing individuals with Down syndrome in costumes reminiscent of endangered, endangered and vulnerable species such as polar bears, lions and rhinoceros.

The campaign is a response to the fact that genetic testing led to a significant decrease in the number of people born in connection with Down syndrome.

Given that prenatal tests were introduced in Iceland at the beginning of 2000, for example, nearly 100 percent of women who tested positive for Down's syndrome, CBS decided to abortion. As a result, the state has almost disappeared from the younger population of Iceland.

Some people may believe that eradication is a good thing. However, advocates say that this attitude contributes to the stigma that people with Down syndrome are fewer people. Such thinking affects social awareness, funding and job opportunities for those who have Down's syndrome and desperately need help – and therefore campaigning.

"Whether there are under-funded support programs for education, higher levels of unemployment, widespread waiting lists for appropriate housing, or even negative public perceptions and stigma, the problems people with Down syndrome face are not diminishing – they are increasing," says Laura LaChance, the board of directors of the Canadian Down syndrome, said in a press release.

The group has declared to HuffPost Canada that by pushing people to add Down syndrome people to the list of endangered species, it promotes the same kind of "funding, protection, government intervention and public awareness that species on the list of endangered species are receiving."

Many people have still found a comparison of the campaign between humans and animals that dehumanize themselves.

France Munoz, a Down syndrome woman who received media attention in 2017 after the video showed that two police officers mocked her during a stopover, told Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that she was not a campaign fan.

"It does not matter who you are … I do not like people to compare me like an animal, it's not fair," said Munoz Toronto-based CBC. "Love us for who we are, not a character, not an animal."

Her father, Carlos Munoz, also thinks the campaign is sending the wrong message.

"The parents I spoke with did not know that our children are compared to animals," CBC said. "How can he be cute like a polar bear, I do not think anyone should compare in that sense."

He also noted that even if a campaign engages in an interview, it is mostly among people in the Down syndrome community and focuses on the campaign itself.

Some people simply seemed confused by the efforts of the lawyer group.

So while the campaign is definitely fighting for people with Down syndrome, the trick of endangered species can shut off more people than it is instructive.

HuffPost addressed Canadian Down syndrome syndrome and several other advocacy groups with Down syndrome for comments but did not receive an immediate response.


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