It’s great to see a bunch of parents acting against what they see as unfair treatment of their children with intellectual disabilities and emotional disorders, but disturbing to know such treatment goes on.
The number of actions being lodged in a variety of courts and tribunals shows how common unfair suspensions from schools because of children’s intellectual disabilities are.
The pressure brought to bear on parents because of these suspensions must be enormous, testing their resolve and patience as they strive to get the best that society can offer their kids. It is a pressure that predisposes them towards taking radical action to end difficult situations, especially as parents of children with disabilities age.
Of great concern, too is the fact that people with intellectual disabilities can be treated so poorly, when they are less capable – indeed, many are incapable – of understanding the impact of their actions, the consequences and why these come about. These vulnerable people could not give free, genuine consent to euthanasia, if it were available in the State of New South Wales, if doctors were empowered to offer it. The same applies in any other place. Death could easily be forced on these kids, to the detriment and shame of all.