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2.90 Caring for people with profound learning disabilities
People with profound learning disabilities are often blessed with special gifts. My son Kristian has certain savant qualities such as remembering most of the highway grid of Great Britain, the top 20 UK pop hits going back to the 1960s and peoples birthdays. He likes watching soccer and particularly likes to see Wycombe Wanderers, Manchester United and England win. I went with him to see England play Greece and although he is technically half Greek Cypriot I could not resist teasing him as to which team he should support. Sometimes there is an aura of love and innocence surrounding such people, that has a catching effect on those around them.
It's rude to stare at them, but nice to smile and sometimes to wave or say hello. They don't bring you bad luck if you put them in your taxi cab or touch their hands.
I commend the black licensed London taxi cabs who make an annual convoy for disabled children to the seaside. Effective 2003 on the first Sunday after July 15 let taxi drivers around the World make this type of day out into a tradition. The positive impact to the children concerned and the millions who witness the event will by far compensate for the carbon monoxide emissions. (For the southern hemisphere the date will be the first Sunday after January 15th.)
I also commend the many charities that exist throughout the World who help people with profound learning disabilities, the specialist professionals who help to look after them and look forward to a day in the future when with the Creator's intervention such sickness does not exist.
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