Blessings with Disabilities: You Can’t Put a Price Tag on What’s Priceless

Down Syndrome

(Breakpoint) – We live in a world that’s constantly calculating the value of people with disability, even though we know that they’re priceless.

In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the pre-reformed Ebenezer Scrooge says that if the poor and crippled are going to die “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population,” words he bitterly regrets when the Ghost of Christmas Present shows him one of these “surplus” people—Tiny Tim.

Echoes of Scrooge were found in a recent viral video in which a Dutch public health official appears to explain to a man with Down syndrome that he’s costing society approximately “48 thousand Euros a year,” almost ten times what so-called “normal” persons cost annually. “Wow,” says the young man with Down syndrome.

The video understandably sparked outrage on social media. But as it turns out, the outrage in this instance was misplaced.

The folks over at Hot Air did a little digging and found that the offending clip, which was from a two-year-old TV series called “The Last Downer,” was produced by an evangelical Christian broadcasting company and hosted by two individuals with Down syndrome. In context, this Dutch official with the chalkboard, evidently, was making the case for valuing those with disability, not a case against them. Thank God, this particular Scrooge turned out to be fictional. CONTINUE