I really hope you can read newspaper article below. For much of his working life R was in the field of care for the mentally and physically disabled, mostly adults but some children. Some of the children were Downs. It is an area I have some knowledge of, via R.
Some people say, better that they died at birth. It never is. With the right care, the most severely disabled can have a reasonable life. At times in the '80s teenagers Damien and Aiden, Thalidomide victims, stayed with us for overnight stays at weekend. They were miniatures of what a teenage boys should be and totally dependent in every area, had virtually no voluntary movement, and if their brains worked normally, it must have been horrible for them. But I doubt their brains did work properly. Nevertheless they could express anger, frustration, sadness, and being teenage boys, arousal that made it difficult to get nappies on them at times. But what I remember most about them was their laughter and giggling.
At times we knew what was so funny, but often enough we did not know what they found so funny. They were, back then, in well funded government care and I reckon if you life involves some laughter, it is better that you did not die at birth. They both died before they reached the age of twenty. They laughed and made a difference to the world as here I am decades on fondly remembering them. Damien was dark haired and freckled and seemed cheeky in some way. Aiden was blond and angelic.
So if you can, have a read of this story from a mother of a girl with Downs at a Downs Syndrome conference in Glasgow, from The Age. I hope you are not geo blocked or paywall blocked.