Mormons look at disability as opportunity

The thinking on disability has changed somewhat over the past century. But there are still misconceptions and fears that create an unsafe world for those who are different, says Tina Taylor Dyches, a BYU professor.

Dyches, who has a doctorate in counseling psychology and special education with a research emphasis on children's disabilities, told an audience Nov. 4 at the Harold B. Lee Library that the abortion rate in the United States for babies diagnosed in the womb with Down Syndrome is still 85 percent.

Dyches said the world view of disability is proving slow to change. Even as recently as 1999 a prominent writer said killing a disabled person was really "not wrong at all" while — in contrast — LDS Church doctrine emphasizes the worth of souls in God's eyes, she said.

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