The articles and the comments that follow articles about such subjects have had me so down about the state of things for people with disabilities, including myself, that I haven’t been able to write this until now, many weeks after I was approached to write something. It’s really got to me and not for the first time.
If I were to say out loud "I think Michael L and David G should be crammed together in a barrel and rolled into an active volcano." one or both of them would take umbrage and very possibly try and bring the Law down upon my head. So I won't say it out loud...even if they both feel they have the right to advocate for the elimination of those they consider 'special'. Both these worthies have even begun their diatribes with words to the effect '...in a civilized/sophisticated/first world society...' as if somehow New Zealand is backwards because we do at least offer some support to those living with disability.
I have absolutely no idea what sort of figure we are talking and no real interest in knowing how much I cost the taxpayers of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
I was their baby and they made the best decisions for me with the information they had at the time. Every decision they have made for me throughout my lifetime since then was with my quality of life in mind. This country could learn a lot from my parents’ example.
Chelle...this is real work you are undertaking, all the best, and send me a copy of your thesis when it's published.
I have a bit of a thing for such research...so I'll look forward to yours with anticipation. All the best.
Congratulations on taking up your studies again. While I hope you will be able to follow up with an academic career, even doing your current research and writing, and publishing a dissertation, will make a big contribution to the body of knowledge on a significant number of people in our society.
Best wishes with your research.