Are Mentally Disabled Adults Given Short Shrift?

22 Mar

If one searches for information on Autism, one finds resources overwhelmingly related to children. Yet, surely the vast majority of autistic children grow to adulthood. This pattern can be found across many different types of mental disabilities.

I wonder if mental disabilities in children naturally inspire empathy in those who are neurotypical, but mentally disabled adults inspire fear or discomfort in those same individuals.


Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Law, Morality, Uncategorized


4 responses to “Are Mentally Disabled Adults Given Short Shrift?

  1. daretodelve

    March 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Interesting question, and I think that your conjecture is mostly accurate. I grew up around people with both mental and physical disabilities. I generally feel deep compassion for them, because they do face struggles that others don’t, but I am also convicted about their value and believe they can and do make unique contributions to society. They should not be pitied or ignored. That being said, if I’m brutally honest with myself, as an adult I seldom feel completely comfortable around other adults with mental disabilities. I can’t tell you why, exactly, and I feel rather ashamed of it. I am so grateful for the few whose passion it is to serve this population.

    • poppies

      March 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Really, really great comment. Thank you.

  2. sunofmysoul

    March 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Agreed. I myself was very uncomfortable with this population. My uncomfortableness stemmed from pure ignorance and unfamiliarity. I began working with this population nearly three years ago and my perspective was rocked. It is an experience I believe all could benefit from, a growing and stretching experience in tolerance and understanding.
    You might enjoy this article…
    Some of us are now referring to down syndrome as….up syndrome…
    You can’t help but see why…

    • poppies

      March 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      What a great article!


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