down syndrome

11 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Netflix

Take it down, Netflix

In the Netflix Original comedy "Disgraceful" by Tom Segura, members of the Down Syndrome community were appalled to find Mr. Segura suggesting replacing the words "that is retarded" or "that is not smart" with the words "that idea has an extra copy of the 21st chromosome." This is a full transcript of the sketch:                   "You can’t say “retarded” anymore. [audience laughs] It was just here. Don’t you remember? -“Retarded.” That’s how I… -[audience laughs] People get very upset. I don’t really support the arguments against it. When people are like, “You shouldn’t say it.” “Why?” “What if there’s one over there?” And you’re like… [audience laughs] We never said it like that. We were never like, “Look at that guy!” [audience laughs] You didn’t say it like that. You said it to describe an idea, or a situation, you know? If your friend was like, “I’ll pick you up at your house, and then we’ll come back to my place, and later we can go back to your house. And we can get your bags. And then, we’ll come back over here after that.” And your like, “That’s retarded. Why the fuck would we do that?” [audience laughs] But now you can’t say that. Now you’ve gotta be like, “That’s not… smart. Your idea has an extra 21st chromosome, if you ask me.” [audience laughs] It’s not the same." This petition calls for Netflix to: Remove the anti-down syndrome rhetoric from the show take the anti-disability sketch out of the trailer for the show issue a public apology for perpetuating hate speech and stereotype to the Down Syndrome community The words used in this program are wrong, offensive and by definition is hate speech against the Down Syndrome community. As a parent to a child with Down Syndrome, I worry daily about the stereotype surrounding Down Syndrome and what that will mean in the future for my son as he makes his place in the world. By allowing people like Mr. Segura to make a joke of the daily struggle this community faces for the sake of promoting his brand is morally wrong. For a company like Netflix to promote it and to go so far as to add in anti-disability rhetoric to the trailer for the program shows that the almighty dollar is more important to them than the basic human right of safety, love and belonging.  

Takeitdown Netflix
92,648 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to New Jersey Department of Children and Family Services

Please Renew Funding for the Child Development Center for Children with Disabilities

I am writing this petition on behalf of the 48 families that are currently being served by the Child Development Center (CDC) at Hudson Milestones and for the rest of the NJ families that will also be affected by the state's latest move in de-funding programs like these. On May 16, 2017 Hudson Milestones received a non-renewal notification by the Department of Children and Family Services stating that their contract will not be renewed at the end of the term on June 30, 2017.  Why would the state not want to renew their contract you may ask? Also, you may be thinking why would the state only give them 45 days to terminate a program, discontinue services and lay off some of the most dedicated and compassionate employees you will ever meet?  We were simply told that the state is no longer interested in funding "these types of programs".  After several emails and phone conversations of trying to explain the impact this will have on the children and families, the state granted them an additional few months and extended the contract to September 30.  Let me introduce you to what "these types of programs" are and their impact on the lives of those being served. At Hudson Milestones, the CDC is in Jersey City, NJ. It operates Monday-Friday and serves forty-eight children, under the age of three, with a developmental delay.  These children are babies.  Babies who were born with down syndrome, babies who are non-verbal, with low muscle tone, lacking sensory and motor functions that a healthy baby has.  Babies who require a different level of monitoring then you would get at your local daycare and the only one that exists in Hudson County. Hudson Milestones is not an ordinary daycare, despite what the state of NJ may think. It is a Child Development Center. Each day you see speech therapist, physical therapist and developmental intervention therapist coming in working with the children to ensure the maximum growth during this fragile stage. In addition, they provide free door-to-door transportation for those living in their limited catchment area, free meals and snacks, and an ever-changing array of developmentally appropriate sensory and play experiences in a 1:4 teacher/child ratio with highly trained staff. Parent support activities and parent participation days are offered to provide added enrichment and information for families.  These families are still coming to terms that their loved one is suffering with an Intellectual Developmental Disability and this type of support is critical in the early stages.   The type of stimulation that Hudson Milestones offers is invaluable to these children and their families as it is their first opportunity at learning how to deal with their disability and to have the necessary resources in the beginning of their lifelong uphill battle.  Removing these services will leave these children without the necessary care and stimulation they require to get a head start on managing their disability. Hudson Milestones has been a pillar of the community for over 50 years developing children’s abilities year after year serving millions of children.  Your neighbor’s’, friend, family, a co-worker, someone you went to school, maybe even your own child.  Think where would you have been at the early stages of parenthood without these essential support systems. I would just like to end with sharing the Hudson Milestone's mission statement which is: "Hudson Milestones seeks to build and maintain a Hudson County based organization dedicated to the care, support and advancement of people with developmental disabilities and their families towards achieving, to the maximum extent possible, the individual's life goals and establishing self-sufficiency in the community." Hudson Milestones cannot carry out their mission statement without the appropriate funding from our state.  Please use your power as representative of the people of New Jersey to reconsider the importance of programs such as these and to renew the funding necessary for this very critical program.

Lauren Nardini
1,211 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Governor - Rick Scott, President of the United States, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Buddy Dyer, Darren Soto

Stop the segregation of children with disabilities.

Do you remember the first day you took your little girl or boy to Kindergarten? It is a day that you will probably never forget. Do you remember the days leading up and going shopping for clothes, backpacks, and school supplies? You and your child are just so excited! The first day of Kindergarten is here! You take your child to meet his or her teacher with both excitement and a little bit of nervousness too.The teacher comes over to greet you and your child and welcomes you to her classroom.  You look around the room and see lots of boys and girls and wonder who your child will become friends with. But, what if your child is met at that door and you are told that your child doesn't belong in this classroom. She belongs in the special classroom where the special kids go. She isn't smart enough to be with these kids. She belongs with the special kids. My daughter, Grace, has Down Syndrome and her school in Orlando, Florida is trying to remove her from the general education classroom. Up until now Grace has always been in the general education classroom over 80% of the time, but now Eagle Creek Elementary wants to cut that down in half. Please sign this petition and support her. Help protect her rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Sincerely,  Brenda McCormick   

Brenda McCormick
67 supporters