Today I invite you to check out an article by Rachel Adams over at The Huffington Post in which she argues vociferously against the idea that disability is equivalent to suffering. This is a common misperception, the idea that those with a disability such as Down’s syndrome must be sick. Also common is the misperception that such people are perpetual dependents who are incapable of adult relationships and opportunities.
But the greatest misperception of all, in her view, is the idea that a disability means suffering for the family of the affected individual. This is not correct. It is a different experience; the family of a person with a disability is subject to hardships that normal families don’t have to experience but they also experience blessings and opportunities that normal families don’t get to experience.