Three interactions: Number one: Penny’s teacher says, “Many of the other kids in our class have never been around a child with a disability before.” Number two: an acquaintance says, “I have someone for you to meet. She has a son who is a lot like Penny. You know, different in the ways Penny is…

I watched an interview this morning with Dr. Brian Skotko of the Children’s Hospital in Boston and Dr. Lachlan Forrow, Director of Ethics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The interview centers around the new blood test that can detect a fetus with Down syndrome prenatally in a non-invasive manner during the first trimester of…

One of my earliest prayers for Penny was that she would have friends. Back then, when she was an infant, I hadn’t read the studies that said many individuals with intellectual disabilities experience depression as a result of loneliness. I didn’t have statistics on hand that proved the need for friendships as much as, if…

For those of you keeping track at home, I usually run the Perfectly Human posts on Wednesday afternoons. But I’m posting Mica May’s reflection about her son Jackson today because it is Jackson’s second birthday! Happy Birthday Jackson! my jackson. this afternoon you wanted so badly to get up on the piano bench. you have…

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Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes about theology, disability, family, and culture. Two major life experiences have shaped her writing and her faith—caring for her mother-in-law as she battled cancer and welcoming her daughter Penny into the world after she was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Both experiences expanded and enriched her understanding of what it means to be human and to receive each and every person as a gift.  A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, and the forthcoming A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House). Her essays have appeared in First Things, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Century, ChristianityToday.com, and Bloom, among other online venues.

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