May 18, 2010

Making a Case for Life: A New Definition of Perfection by Stephanie Wincik: Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by MizB, asks you to choose two sentences at random from your current read. Include the author and title for readers.

Making a Case for Life: A New Definition of Perfection
"With only a slight shift in our perception, we can clearly see that the extraordinary individuals dismissed for centuries as 'disabled' actually have a vitally important role to play in the world, and indeed may even hold the key to our positive advancement as a human family." (Book cover)

Goodreads description:
In her new book, Making a Case for Life: A New Definition of Perfection, Stephanie Wincik dispels many of the common myths and misconceptions about people with Down syndrome and urges readers to reconsider the meaning of disability. “Some researchers are beginning to explore the concept of neurodiversity,” Wincik says, “that is, looking at the possibility that so-called “disabilities” such as Down syndrome and autism have a natural place on the normal continuum of human behavior, and as such should be included in the wide spectrum of human diversities along with gender, race, and sexual orientation.”

Wincik’s book also includes a discussion of eugenics as it relates to individuals with disabilities, and examines “the myth of the perfect child…if we hope to reverse what appears to be a downward spiral for humanity, then kindness, compassion, gentleness, tolerance, and good humor—attributes, by the way, observed with remarkable consistency in people with Down syndrome—must surpass physical perfection in terms of the enviable traits we dream of seeing in our children."

My comments: Ms. Wincik's book makes us aware that there are many valuable reasons for welcoming and accepting the disabled. The children with Down Syndrome, for example, are open, honest, kind, and tolerant, and have qualities that are desirable for us all as human beings. An honest and thoughtful book, I recommend it for those who would like a better understanding of Down Syndrome and the place of children with disabilities in our society.

Thanks to author Stephanie Wincik for providing a copy of this book for my objective review.

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14 comments:

  1. Sounds like something I like to read.

    Here's mine

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the early morning visit!

    My post: <a href="http://wordtrix.blogspot.com/2010/05/teaser-tuesday-lead-pipe-cinch.html</a>Lead-Pipe Cinch/a>

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  3. This does sound compelling and important...

    Here's mine:

    http://rainysnowday.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/teaser-tuesdays-12/

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  4. Thanks for the teaser- this sounds like a really great book!

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  5. Great teaser and the book sounds like an excellent one to read. Thanks for sharing this book. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/05/teaser-tuesdays-dismantled.html

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  6. lovely concept for a book. I'm sure all could benefit from reading it. enjoyed your review. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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  7. This sounds like an important book - good teaser.

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  8. This sounds like a valuable book, and that teaser makes a good point. Nice choice!

    Thanks for coming by my blog!

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  9. Sound like a book everyone should read!

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  10. Great review and teaser!

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/05/teaser_17.html

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  11. What an important topic! Thanks for the teaser.

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  12. I hope you enjoy your books... here is my teaser:

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/05/teaser_17.html

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  13. Sounds like a very interesting book on an important subject. Shifting toward a more compassionate, open-minded outlook is never a bad thing. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention.

    My teaser is at The Eager Readers.

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  14. I love your teaser very inspirational and I'm sure the book has a fabulous and profound message to tell. Thanks for visiting mine!

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