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Today we celebrate the beginning of season 3 of Born This Way on A&E ! (Watch the latest trailer!)
Today we’re going to visit a self-advocate who leads by example. John Tucker from Born This Way on A&E proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Down syndrome is nothing to be afraid of. He does it by lovin’ life and showing us how it should be done!
K is for Kelly – Star of the touching documentary created by her brother Brian Donovan- Kelly’s Hollywood.
I is for inclusion. Today we thank Sandra McElwee, author and now famous, mother of Sean from Born This Way on A&E.
This year, we decided to celebrate Ethan Saylor’s legacy by hosting a film festival. It was a chance to remember Ethan’s love of movies and help promote filmmakers and actors in our community.
Two of the films in our DOWNs Town Theater come from filmmaker and father, Girard Sagmiller. The first, Dakota’s Pride, introduces us to several people with Down syndrome (Ds) and professionals who care for them. It tells the story of a father looking for answers about Ds after his family’s newest addition is diagnosed with the genetic condition. The second, Dakota’s Pride 2.0 is a follow-up to that film. In it, Sagmiller re-connects with some of the stars of the first film, 10 years later.
As my mind gets out of constant planning mode, and back into the everyday groove, I wanted to take a moment and share a few thoughts on last weekend’s festivities.
Why would you plan an event to honor Ethan at a movie theater of all places?
It’s a valid question. Since Ethan’s death, movie theaters have become traumascapes – places that trigger anxiety and depression – for many people, myself included.
Today’s film is a difficult watch. It touches on an aspect of our past and present that we don’t talk about much – what happens when elderly parent caregivers get sick and there is no plan in place for their adult children.