BBC News has created the role of disability correspondent, appointing Sony award-winning journalist and broadcaster Nikki Fox to the post.
Thanks to Deb & Marilyn for sharing this inspirational post with us:
A pregnant mother recently sent an email to CoorDown, Italy’s national organization for people with Down syndrome. The future mom had learned her unborn son had the genetic disorder, and she was scared.
“What kind of life will my child have?” she asked.
Saatchi & Saatchi Italy took that email as the starting point for this wonderful new ad for World Down Syndrome Day, in which 15 people with Down syndrome respond to the future mom, giving her a better idea of what to expect—the joys and the challenges—when her son arrives.
This is Saatchi’s third year of working with CoorDown. Its last two campaigns won 11 Lions at Cannes for the agency. This year’s theme for World Down Syndrome Day, on March 21, is the right to happiness and well-being for people with Down syndrome. The goal is to promote a culture of diversity and integration in society, especially at school and work.
“Everyone has the right to be happy,” says the new spot’s on-screen tagline.
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“National Family Caregivers Month is a time to reflect on the compassion and dedication that family caregivers embody every day. As we offer our appreciation and admiration for their difficult work, let us also extend our own offers of support to them and their loved ones.” – President Barack Obama
We’d also like to take a moment to recognize the many, many people in the United States who care for a loved one in their home or other location. HireMyCare.org founded to help people find qualified local caregivers for their family members and loved ones, and we join in with our President and other leaders across the country in celebrating the the labor of love that a family caregiver provides.
A recent study by Johns Hopkins shows that caregiving can lead to a long, healthier life for the caregiver as well as the person receiving the care.
Contradicting long-standing conventional wisdom, results of a Johns Hopkins-led analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 family caregivers suggests that those who assist a chronically ill or disabled family member enjoy an 18 percent survival advantage compared to statistically matched non-caregivers.
In a report, published in the current online version of theAmerican Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that providing care for a chronically ill or disabled family member not only fails to increase health risk, but also is associated with a nine-month extension in life expectancy over the six-year period of the study.
“If highly stressful situations can be avoided or managed effectively, caregiving may actually offer some health benefits for both the care recipients and the caregivers, including reduced risk of death for those providing care,” Roth said. “Negative public health and media portrayals of the risk of family caregiving may do a disservice by portraying caregiving as dangerous, and could potentially deter family members from taking on what can be a very satisfying and healthy family role. Public discussions of caregiving should more accurately balance the potential risks and gains of this universal family role.”