Fewer people are now being born with disabilities, thanks to advances in medicine and prenatal diagnostics. But is this actually a positive development? No, says Timo Oelschläger, who is himself disabled. He's calling for inclusion over selection.
Terms like "mentally perverted" and "mentally weak" are still used in the German criminal code to refer to disabled people. German lawmakers are now paving the way to replace them with more inclusive language.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended daily life for millions of Europeans. Among them are hundreds of thousands of young people living in different countries as part of the EU's Erasmus exchange program.
Germany's top court has found that the country's electoral law discriminates against the disabled. More than 80,000 people requiring full-time care are currently excluded from European and federal elections.
"Whoever isn't 'productive' is worthless," said a woman forced to abandon her studies when her disability could not be accommodated. When it comes to inclusion, German schools and universities have a long way to go.
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