Down Syndrome Mamas for Obama was created to give families of
children with Down syndrome who support Barack Obama and Joe Biden a
community online. In the weeks before the election we can offer our
support to the campaign as well as discuss issues that are important
to us no matter who is elected.
While there are some topics on which we agree to disagree, the
current economic crisis and the devastating effect of the somewhat
understated 'failed economic policies' of the past eight years will
have significant effects on our children's current quality of life
and future opportunities.
We are looking hopefully toward the future while being too well aware
of the difficulties all of us face in our communities here in the USA
and around the world.
In this forum we will communicate positively about our candidates and
address the shortcomings we recognize in the policies and campaign of
their opponents, without personal attacks.
Please also bring a sense of humor, as we can all probably use a
little stress relief right now.
The actual website for Down Syndrome Moms for Obama is:
Here are a few articles that may be of interest to supporters of
Barack Obama and Joe Biden who do not have the great fortune to have
a person with Down syndrome in their families or among their
Special Needs Children at About.com
What do you want Sarah Palin to do for your family?
Why is there not a wish list like this:
What do we want Barack Obama and Joe Biden to do for our families?
Post message: DownSyndromeMamasforObama@yahoogroups.com
See #7/ Should we assume the McCain campaign is going to make a lot
of expensive promises to the disability community?
Longmore: Palin talks about 'special needs children,' but Obama has
substantive plans for all people with disabilities
From a comment at PatriciaEBauer.com "As VP debate looms, coverage of
Palin and disability":
...Biden has twice introduced a bill in the Senate that aims to
prevent crimes against disabled people and improve the quality of
service that we get from the criminal justice system.
Dick Sobsey from the International Coalition on Abuse & Disability
blogs about it at the following links:
What are the questions on disability issues not being asked?
Campaign Snapshots - 4 out of 5 are with Republican candidates, all
are children - where are student teens and working adults with Down
Congress OKs Kennedy Brownback Bill
Down Syndrome Legislative Caucus
Tropic Thunder Sets Back a Movement
A note about language for my friends in the media
Ok for state to restrict late-term partial birth abortion
On an issue like partial birth abortion, I strongly believe that the
state can properly restrict late-term abortions. I have said so
repeatedly. All I've said is we should have a provision to protect
the health of the mother, and many of the bills that came before me
didn't have that.Part of the reason they didn't have it was
purposeful, because those who are opposed to abortion have a moral
calling to try to oppose what they think is immoral. Oftentimes what
they were trying to do was to polarize the debate and make it more
difficult for people, so that they could try to bring an end to
As president, my goal is to bring people together, to listen to them,
and I don't think that's any Republican out there who I've worked
with who would say that I don't listen to them, I don't respect their
ideas, I don't understand their perspective. And my goal is to get us
out of this polarizing debate where we're always trying to score
cheap political points and actually get things done.
Source: Fox News Sunday: 2008 presidential race interview Apr 27,
Q: The terms pro-choice and pro-life, do they encapsulate that
reality in our 21st Century setting and can we find common ground?
A: I absolutely think we can find common ground. And it requires a
couple of things. It requires us to acknowledge that..
There is a moral dimension to abortion, which I think that all too
often those of us who are pro-choice have not talked about or tried
to tamp down. I think that's a mistake because I think all of us
understand that it is a wrenching choice for anybody to think about.
People of good will can exist on both sides. That nobody wishes to be
placed in a circumstance where they are even confronted with the
choice of abortion. How we determine what's right at that moment, I
think, people of good will can differ.And if we can acknowledge that
much, then we can certainly agree on the fact that we should be doing
everything we can to avoid unwanted pregnancies that might even lead
somebody to consider having an abortion.
Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College Apr 13,
In 1997, Obama voted against SB 230, which would have turned doctors
into felons by banning so-called partial-birth abortion, & against a
2000 bill banning state funding. Although these bills included an
exception to save the life of the mother, they didn't include
anything about abortions necessary to protect the health of the
mother. The legislation defined a fetus as a person, & could have
criminalized virtually all abortion.
Source: The Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson, p.147-148 Oct 30,
Women who have children with Down syndrome who support Barack Obama
have a brand new discussion group at YahooGroups:
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I was not aware there were so many products available for disability
advocates who support Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The designers of
these products earn a portion of the sales. If you have designed a
product for the Obama/Biden campaign, please let me know via the
discussion group and I will add it.
I thought these were the best designs:
From Down Down Baby at http://www.cafepress.com/downdownbaby:
Down Syndrome Advocates for Barack Obama for President 2008
Blue and Yellow Ribbon on black background (more colors available)
Adult and Child sizes
Buttons and Mini-buttons (round with pins)
Down Syndrome Advocates for Obama
Barack Obama for President
Blue and Yellow Ribbon on black background
From the Designer: Down syndrome Advocates For Obama
Americans with disABILITIES for Obama
T-Shirts: Americans with disABILITIES For Obama - Obama 08
Bumper Stickers and Yard Signs available from the Families with kids
with Down Syndrome store at Cafe Press:
"Show the world that just because your child has Down syndrome does
NOT mean you support Sarah Palin. Much more goes into leading a
country than the luck of giving birth to a beautiful baby with Down
Americans with Disabilities for Obama
Obama * Biden (also fingerspelled) with Stars and Stripes Wheelchair
Obama 08 Wheelchair Design
DisAbled for Obama 08 (red/white/blue wheelchair)
Wheelers for Obama
Crips for Obama - 'Crips and Gimps'
Autistics for Obama - Two designs