Human remains found buried in downtown Tempe, Arizona, are revealing a touching story about one young woman’s painful life and the community that cared for her more than 800 years ago.....
For one thing, her skeleton was severely disfigured, likely from a combination of both congenital and contracted diseases.
And for another, her grave was one of the most richly appointed of all the burials that were studied.
and later it is noted that her teeth were perfect, suggesting she was fed specially prepared soft food.
“... they took care of her for decades. It wasn’t like she was taken out to a hill and left to die because she was never going to be a productive member. The community banded together and took care of this woman for her whole lifetime.”
the attitude toward the disabled varies from community to community and in many communities they are seen as special or holy and/or that the deity blessed you when you cared for them.
Alas, in today's society often "bioethicists" claim that in the past such handicapped children were simply killed or discarded at birth, so we should allow them to be legally killed,
and nowadays, "bioethicists– supported by friendly media stories–want to be able to force nursing homes to starve incompetent patients who willingly eat".
in case you didn't notice, the "abortion laws" have passed by, and killing the dying is pretty well gone away: the debate now is about killing the handicapped LINK
Doctor Gallagher, call your office...
actually, he did more than write a biography of FDR as hiding his disability to lead the country.
Dr. Gallagher’s work in those posts led directly to the passage in 1975 of Public Law 94-142, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act. The law, known today as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, mandated public education for every disabled child and affected well over a million children. “He was one of the major advocates who saw to it that this law was written and passed,” Dr. Coleman said. “He knew that children with disabilities would have unique learning needs that required specific educational support.” One of the law’s provisions, set forth by Dr. Gallagher, was the creation of individualized education programs, which remain in use today.