I graduated with a degree in Family Science (four days before my oldest was born, so I put that degree to use right away). I love to see studies that back up what I already know and believe.
In this case, the topic was parenting severely disabled children. A large number of parents -- 338 -- were interviewed about their experience after having a child with either Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18. While nearly a quarter of them had been advised that having such a child would ruin their lives as a family or couple, not one of the parents interviewed regretted going forward with the pregnancy. Most found life with their child joyful and fulfilling.
I'm saddened by the assumptions and stereotypes that people have towards those who are mentally or physically impaired. In our body-worshiping, competitive culture, it's all too easy to believe the myths about how difficult and burdensome life is with a disabled person in the family.