At the website AllExperts, this question was posed:
Hi. I am a teacher at a school for students with Special Needs. Within this school we have students with Down’s Syndrome. In your opinion, why did God create such a disability and how and in what state do such people with this disability achieve ‘everlasting life’? I find this a stumbling block in my spiritual path. Regards, Steve.
Click on this website address for an answer by Subdeacon Herman: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Eastern-Orthodox-1456/Faith.htm#b
About Subdeacon Herman: http://www.allexperts.com/ep/1456-29080/Eastern-Orthodox/Herman.htm
Reprint from April 2007