Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Understanding Disability

Experiencing disability can be a challenge but at all cost it doesn't mean that it is inability to do or achieve something in life.
Generally, disability has been defined from negative perspective implying that once someone is experiencing it he or she becomes incapable of achieving what other people can achieve. This has created negative attitude and perceptions towards people who are physically challenged.

We should bear in mind that experiencing disability is a mere challenge and people with the challenges can achieve what they want and live a normal life just like any other human being and so they deserve respect and equality in all perspectives of life!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Italy 150

Today is the 150th anniversary of the unity if Italy, previously divided in fiefdoms but then united by heroic Giuseppe Garibaldi (whose expedition to unify Italy was made of just one thousand troops), and once completed the task he famously said "we made Italy, now let's make Italians".

In the past half-century Italian radio-TV took care of the latter problem by letting people from North to South communicating in the same language, more or less, and today we celebrate thanks to insistance of our great current President Giorgio Napolitano, who compensates for the sorry international image of our prime minister Berlusconi, widely recognized as a buffoon.

In the meantime of our history, we had an even bigger problem than Berlusconi: a great idiot called Benito Mussolini who dragged us in the biggest tragedy of our country: his fascist alliance with Nazi Germany (Hitler) caused our involvement in WWII, and moreover a civil war, with millions of victims and consequent poverty and desperation. Not to mention the unfortunate and dreadful Mussolini's colonialist ambitions in Africa... Very sorry for that.

Then we had a new Risorgimento (Resurgence): it begun when we had the most popular President of the republic ever: Sandro Pertini was a wartime prisoner who escaped jail and death penalty to fight fascism. Unfortunately things have worsened and we now have a government made of thieves and pimps, but President Napolitano has tonight given us hope by delivering a great emotional speech.

Viva il presidente Napolitano e VIVA L'ITALIA !

Friday, March 4, 2011

Do you know Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

In most cases, Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21. This form of Down syndrome is called Trisomy 21. The extra chromosome causes problems with the way the body and brain develop.

Down syndrome is the most common single cause of human birth defects.


Down syndrome symptoms vary from person to person and can range from mild to severe. However, children with Down syndrome have a widely recognized appearance.

The head may be smaller than normal and abnormally shaped. For example, the head may be round with a flat area on the back. The inner corner of the eyes may be rounded instead of pointed.

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Despite all these challenges a child with Down Syndrome can grow up just like any other child and overcome the challenges along the way.