The National Down Syndrome Congress is disappointed in The 700 Club, and the comments from its founder, Pat Robertson, as they relate to children with Down syndrome. Tuesday’s program is the second time this year we’ve been made aware of Mr. Robertson using the word “Mongoloid” to describe individuals with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), in addition to talking about the condition in a very demeaning way.
We’d like Mr. Robertson to realize that it is the year 2014, where words like these are no longer acceptable. NDSC board member, Dr. George Capone, director of the Down Syndrome Clinic at Kennedy-Krieger Institute, was surprised by Mr. Robertson’s remarks. “It’s disturbing that a person with great influence over a large number of followers, would assert such misinformation about Down syndrome (and cleft palate, for that matter) in this public forum, using not only inaccurate information, but also outdated and hurtful terminology”, Dr. Capone said.
NDSC invites Mr. Robertson to take the time to learn more about Down syndrome, and get to know people who are living with this condition. As the leading national resource of support and information for anyone seeking to learn about Down syndrome, we would be happy to assist.