Do we use facts or opinions when forming attitudes and actions about people with disabilities? Do we distinguish between the two? How many decisions—perhaps life-altering decisions—are made about children/adults with disabilities based on opinions (usually negative opinions), not facts?
When a physician diagnoses a child with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, etc., we could say the statement is a fact. (However, the majority of developmental disability diagnoses are based on observation of the child, not scientific/medical tests, so there’s plenty of room for a physician’s opinion during the observation. But let’s move on...) Much of what the physician says after announcing the diagnosis, such as the negative prognosis—what the child will not do and more—reflects the physician’s opinions. Yet many parents believe these are facts, and then . . . Click here to continue.
To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge. Benjamin Disraeli
Fact or Opinion?
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