Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Friday, October 26, 2012

31 for 21: Progress in Russia

If you understand Russian, check out this video:

This is a Russian newscast, explaining how about 85% of Russian children born with Down syndrome are relinquished to orphanages (identical to the percentage aborted here after a prenatal diagnosis!), and demonstrating their actual potential when integrated in society.

I am actually quite impressed with their diction -- I don't know if they use different speech therapies there, or if Russian phonemes are just easier for people with Down syndrome to master, but all the Russian videos I have seen featuring both adults and children with Ds have been remarkable easy to understand.

And here is a video of a Russian family adopting a child with Down syndrome domestically.

 This is so encouraging to see the change happening around the world, not just here!

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