Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Specials

I just discovered a new UK-based documentary series -- "The Specials" -- following the lives of five young people in Brighton.  Their names are Sam, Lewis, Hilly, Lucy, and Megan -- the tagline for the series is "this is our world and we want to share it with you."  There are two episodes up on the website thus far, each of which is about 10 minutes long.  The website includes more information and video about each of the housemates. 

Why is this of particular interest to me? Because all of "The Specials" have a disability -- Down syndrome for all but Lewis who has William's syndrome.  They are a bunch of young, quirky, funny, and thoughtful young people making their way in the so many ways, showing just how "normal" their lives can be, with the right support and encouragement.  In watching them, I realize how much potential Lucas has and how I fully expect him to be able to follow in their footsteps, and possibly reach even further.  I love that the producers are bringing their stories to the forefront...we've come a LONG way, baby!

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