Courtney was elated to discovershe waspregnant with her third daughter. But when Emersyn “Emmy” Faith was diagnosed with Down syndrome still inside the womb, Courtney looked to her prenatal specialist for encouragement and support. Instead, she received something much different.
The mother-of-three from Sanford, Floridasays her doctor didn’t justsuggest thatterminating her pregnancy was an option, but that he pressured her to do so even after she continued to refuse. Her doctor repeatedly suggested she abort her baby with special needs, claiming the entire family’s quality of life wouldsuffer.
When Courtney was still pregnant, she had so many things she wanted to say to her doctor in defense of her beloved baby but she couldn’t muster the courage to do it. In fact, it took her took more than a year to write and mail her letter to him.Finally, in May of 2016, Courtney andEmmy (now15 months old) dropped the letter in the mail together. Courtney also shared her wordson the Parker Myles Facebook page, where it has sincegone viral.
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What is learning disability?
Learning disability is the current term for what is still often known as mental handicap. It implies a level of intelligence significantly below the normal range, with associated poor social skills.
In most cases, the condition is present from birth, although it is not always immediately recognised. In some cases, it results from illnesses or injuries suffered during childhood.
There are over 1 million people with some degree of learning disability, and perhaps 160,000 adults and children in England with severe learning disability.
The problem will not be identified by 7 (Intelligence Quotient) tests alone; but those with an IQ of less than 65 will usually be considered to have a learning disability. Continue reading