If You Had A Choice, Would You Be Born Dyspraxic?

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Postby Charlotte1 » Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:01 pm

This poll is for people with dyspraxia only.

Imagine someone coming up to you and saying you could choose to go back in history and have dyspraxia taken away from you at birth. Knowing what you know now, would you?

You may think this sounds far fetched but scientists are doing all sort of work with babies genes before they are born and I wouldn't be suprised in the next fifty years if they managed to prevent babies becoming dyslexic.

You may think 'yes, no one would choose to be dyspraxic' at first but think about your life without dyspraxia. Would it have been better? Would it have been worse? Would you be the person you are now?

I am very interested to hear people's answers and explanations.
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Postby MIKE9899 » Wed Jul 14, 2004 4:19 pm

if i did have the choice i wouldnt be dyspraxic so that my handwriting would be better, hand-eye coordination would be much better aswell. but i have gotten along in my life with dyspraxia and ive learnt to live with it :P
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Postby k9ruby » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:07 pm

sorry- meant yes in da poll!

do u no why?

-cus it makes unique
-i wouldn't of met all of u lot!!!
-it has made me 1 determind person!

maybe if they could get rid of the bad bits like people bullying us or calling us 'freaks'!

any1 agree here?
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Postby benjnottingham » Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:50 pm

k9ruby wrote: sorry- meant yes in da poll!

do u no why?

-cus it makes unique
-i wouldn't of met all of u lot!!!
-it has made me 1 determind person!

maybe if they could get rid of the bad bits like people bullying us or calling us 'freaks'!

any1 agree here?

I agree with you,as dyspraxia is very unique and there it not many people who have it.
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Postby k9ruby » Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:10 pm

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Postby WARTORIOUS » Sat Jul 17, 2004 12:23 am

I like being me and if time was changed then I would see a stranger in my body, who is nothing like me. When i was young i was doing really bad at school so I would have fallen in with the "bad kids" and become a gang member type.

I love being me. :D

Im all for Genetic improvement, I think it will soon make the majority of people smarter, fitter, and Genetic disease free. Dyspraxia isn’t really serious and i don't think it will be changed, but more serious conditions can be treated before they happen. Im Dyspraxic, But in my family there’s quite a lot of Diabetes and Arthritis when my family gets 80+, Gene therapy can eliminate the chance of getting these. :o

There’s a huge difference between altering a fetuses DNA slightly to make the end baby healthier and saying to people "If You Had A Choice, Would You Be Born Dyspraxic?"
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Postby k9ruby » Sun Jul 18, 2004 9:29 am

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Postby Charlotte1 » Sun Jul 18, 2004 11:30 am

Thank-you for all your replies. I started this topic and was just really interested to know whether other people with dyspraxia would choose to be born with it. I generally agreed with you.
Ruby:
it makes unique
-i wouldn't of met all of u lot!!!
-it has made me 1 determind person!

Ben:
dyspraxia is very unique and there it not many people who have it.

Wartorious:
I like being me and if time was changed then I would see a stranger in my body, who is nothing like me...I love being me.

I agree with all these comments and it made me so happy to read them, thank-you :D
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There’s a huge difference between altering a fetuses DNA slightly to make the end baby healthier and saying to people "If You Had A Choice, Would You Be Born Dyspraxic?"

I agree, there is. I just remember watching a program talking about altering DNA to make babies healthier. It also talked about the possiblility of altering the gender of the baby, the colour of their eyes, their hair colour etc. so the parents could get the child of the gender/appearance they wanted. Towards the end of the program they mentioned that maybe one day scientists would even be able to later a fetus to 'prevent them being dyslexic.' I just wondered whether other people with dyspraxia would have wanted this procedure to be done to prevent them being dyspraxic themselves, having gone through life with dyspraxia.
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Postby WARTORIOUS » Tue Jul 20, 2004 11:13 pm

Hi, K9, what dose Raising mean???

Charlotte Good idea for this form, and i realy agree with you wbout what you have said :)
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Postby k9ruby » Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:19 pm

In my opinion

I agree, there is. I just remember watching a program talking about altering DNA to make babies healthier. It also talked about the possiblility of altering the gender of the baby, the colour of their eyes, their hair colour etc. so the parents could get the child of the gender/appearance they wanted. Towards the end of the program they mentioned that maybe one day scientists would even be able to later a fetus to 'prevent them being dyslexic.' I just wondered whether other people with dyspraxia would have wanted this procedure to be done to prevent them being dyspraxic themselves, having gone through life with dyspraxia.


This REALLY gets to me. And so does abortion.

People now are trying to create *perfect* babies. And now because of this, people are becomming more and more unlikley to accept Disababilities/conditions. My mum whos a midwife was talking too me about abortion, A very sensitive subject. She asked me was it right or wrong. I said Right if it was going to endanger mum/baby if it was born but No for anythin else. She also told me she had one woman who had a certain test, and it picked up a VERY mild dedfect and it was not going to endanger life, she said it would proberly of been Very mild dyslexia. The woman was gave the option on whether to end the pregnancy. She did. How sick is that? This is a real good example about people trying to create these *perfect babies* and not tolerating any thing else but perfect!!!!! How could she know that if she did have her 'perfect' baby it could develop a disability later, like brain damage if , say it was knocked down by a car?

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOME FLIPP'n PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Sorry! I just needed to rant!!!!)
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Postby Helen » Tue Jan 25, 2005 6:56 pm

Hi Ruby,

This is a real good example about people trying to create these *perfect babies* and not tolerating any thing else but perfect!!!!! How could she know that if she did have her 'perfect' baby it could develop a disability later, like brain damage if , say it was knocked down by a car?


My thoughts exactly......very well said!
We are very much encouraging creating a society where only 'perfect' babies are accepted. I have friends who opted to have their babies tested for Downs and only when those tests came back favourably were they sure that they would allow the pregnancy to continue. To me this is very wrong. Abortion does have a place, in exceptional circumstances, but not as a method of contraception, nor as a method of striving towards eradicating certain disbilities from our society. What right do we have to do this? To me it is as immoral as ethnic cleansing. :angry: :angry:
Like you Ruby, I often wonder what these same parents would do if their 'perfect' child contracted something like meningitis leaving them with life long disabilities. Would the next step be euthanasia?
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Postby slinky_malinki » Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:18 pm

Hello all!

This is Vicky, operating under a new username, because my old one had decided it wanted to take a holiday for some peculiar reason! Just in case you are puzzled by the new sign-in name, it refers to a children's book about a thieving cat. At night, to be brief, Slinky Malinki turned into a THIEF!

My nephews love that storybook. :)

I agree that trying to engineer a perfect society through abortion is very wrong. I have just been reading a book by Kate Rankin (Growing Up Severely Autistic: They Call Me Gabriel) which is all about the author's non-verbal, low-functioning autistic son. With no language and little understanding of the world around him, Gabriel is hyperactive, uncontrollable, wild, and...brilliant. Kate tells his story in diary form and doesn't shy away from the horror of parenting someone who is so severely learning disabled and who probably only recognizes his mother as the key to the kitchen cupboard. But while she harshly writes of the weariness and frustration she sometimes feels, she closes her book with, "Once I didn't know what other parents meant when they said they felt blessed to have children like Gabriel. Now I am beginning to understand."

I doubt whether parents would opt for euthanasia for a child who had been disabled by meningitis, because they would have got to know the child's personality and come to love him for it, whereas you don't know your baby when he or she is still unborn. If a midwife says to you, "Your child will have a learning difficulty," your head is instantly filled with stereotypes. You can only view your future child in the context of that disability. It is up to people with special needs - particularly those with more pervasive differents, such as Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism - to make the world aware that there is much, much more to a child than a set of symptoms.
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Postby Ruth » Mon Mar 07, 2005 4:20 pm

Hi everyone

I don't know if I have any tips for dealing with Dyspraxic behaviour because I'm not sure how many of my quirks are due to dyspraxia. The more I look at this web site the more common ground I find.

I don't like baked beans because they feel weird in my mouth.

I don't like escalators(nothing to do with laces though!) I always think I'm going to fall

I always end up dragging the duvet up off the floor, and sweat under it when it's hot because I have to have it on.

All the things that have felt wrong all my life, I think they are due to dyspraxia. This such a huge relief.

What other stuff is due to it??

Are we all bullied? Does everyone apologise for everything? Is that because it's easier to apologise than to try and explain what went wrong?

Are people mean when you tell them?

So many questions, if anyone could answer a few for me I would really apreciate it.

Thankyou

Ruth

P.s I'm not great at this and may have posted this in the wrong place, sorry if I have
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Postby rachel » Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:41 pm

Ruth wrote:
Are people mean when you tell them?


my friend aren't
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