Champions teaches vital lesson about people with disabilities

Susan Ciancio

We have come a long way from the time when people with developmental or intellectual disabilities were hidden away in asylums. But we haven't come far enough.

There are too many people in the world who look at the appearance of a person and see only what that person can do, or what he can offer society. These are the people we still need to reach. These are the ones whom we must show that a human being is valuable just because he's a human being, and not because of what he can or cannot do.

We need to somehow educate those people who don't spend hours every day poring through pro-life materials, who don't watch Christian programming, and who have never met someone with an intellectual disability. We need to reach the people who still use the word "retarded" to refer to a person who may struggle in some area of learning or understanding.

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