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Hannah Humes: a “Class Act”

by | May 26, 2020

“I am not a ‘special needs girl’ just a girl born with Down syndrome.”

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

People magazine recently featured an article entitled “Class Acts,” which profiled outstanding members of the high school class of 2020.

Among the incredible seniors featured was Hannah Humes of Mason High School in Mason, Ohio.

Her mother calls her a trailblazer for forging an educational path for students who happen to have Down syndrome. Hannah is completing her high school education via video conferencing after spending her entire educational career—from pre-school on—with her peers.

Hannah told People, “People with disabilities are people first. I am not a ‘special needs girl’ or a ‘Down syndrome girl,’ just a girl born with Down syndrome.”

The stellar senior plans to attend Vanderbilt University this fall, where she will take part in a four-year course load for students who have intellectual disabilities.

As Hannah said to People, “I like inclusion, when I’m involved and participating like everyone else. I just want opportunities.”

Every child with a disability should have similar opportunities. Tragically, many do not even get an opportunity at life because they are aborted in their mothers’ wombs. 

Tragically, the vast majority of babies with Down syndrome are aborted, even though their opportunities for inclusion and personal and professional success are greater than ever before.

Let us all strive to proclaim the endless possibilities that exist for those with Down syndrome and other disabilities. It is through such on-going education that lives can be saved and hearts can be changed.

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