Down Syndrome Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:50 am on 26th November 2021.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Chair, Administration Committee, Chair, Administration Committee 11:50 am, 26th November 2021

I heard a lovely story a few years ago of a young man who was living at home but was travelling to a day care centre independently on a bus. He did that for many months and then his parents got a telephone call saying, “We haven’t seen your son for a month. Where is he?” They said, “Well, he is leaving in the morning and he is coming home in the evening.” So the next morning they followed him discreetly. Halfway along the bus route, he got off the bus and walked into a builder’s merchant, where he had got himself a job. That was surprising, but perhaps we should not be surprised—we should liberate these young people to make great decisions.