Down Syndrome Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:06 pm on 4th February 2022.

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Photo of Siobhan Baillie Siobhan Baillie Conservative, Stroud 1:06 pm, 4th February 2022

I completely agree. I have spoken to other parents who have discovered upon their child’s birth that they have a child with a disability about their fear, and about the loss of their hopes and dreams; their belief that they would take the child to university, or to get married, is dashed. With Down syndrome in particular, people believed that the child would die aged about 30. There is such a lack of education. That was particularly the case when Rhys was born, but I think it is still true now. Thinking about the bubble—the whole family—is incredibly important, and that is hopefully what the Bill will do. So much of what we think we know when it comes to disabilities is often not true.