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!
I is for inclusion. Today we thank Sandra McElwee, author and now famous, mother of Sean from Born This Way on A&E.
If you’ve been watching Born This Way on A&E you’ve no doubt seen where some of the cast members study their craft and pursue their dreams of becoming performers. Today we’re going to take a look at that unique service provider / dream maker – Performing Arts Studio West. (PASW on Facebook) Continue reading Behind The Scenes Tuesday – Performing Arts Studio West
This week has been a very big one for fans of Born This Way on A&E. The show continues to break new ground and prove that Hollywood just might learn a thing or two from people with disabilities – and their families.
During the first season of A&E’s groundbreaking Born This Way, we got to meet seven young adults with Down syndrome and their parents. In six short episodes, fans fell in love with these dynamic individuals. Critics did too. So much so that the show has been nominated for three Emmy awards including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and received a Television Academy Honors Award.
What kinds of people do you admire? Is there a particular quality that you look for in a hero? What do you think qualifies as inspirational? For me there are many different kinds of heroes out there, mostly people who think of others more than themselves. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the kinds of parents I admire and why.
When Born This Way aired on the A&E Network, it prompted mixed emotions from the Down syndrome parent community. Strong emotions. I pondered long and hard about why those emotions came to the surface, and how we could help bridge the gap between parents who loved the series for the awareness it provided and those who experienced a level of grief because of what they saw. The “Born This Way – Building Support Systems Track” is a result of that search.
I watched the first six episodes of Born This Way with excitement. In Season 1, there were so many great moments, teachable moments, moments that made me laugh, cry, and feel grateful to be part of this amazing community that we belong to.
Here’s my favorite 15 – some of them are personal, pieces that touched me as a mom. Some of them are about the advocacy and awareness that the show offers its viewers. Some, qualify as both.
Here on The Road, we’re super proud of Sean and his mom Sandra! They’ve been involved in some of our community projects and we’re grateful for their participation. To show some love, and help you get to know them a little better, we’re hosting a giveaway this week!
What you can win:
Autographed copies of all three books by Sandra that feature Sean!
You’ll have 30 chances to enter the giveaway! The best part is, each entry is designed to help you learn more about other great adults who have Down syndrome, some of the businesses they own, and some of the projects we’re involved in where you can learn even more!
All three books will be autographed by the author!
It’s a WIN, WIN, WIN, situation for everybody!
Sign up today! Winner will be chosen randomly at 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, December 16th!
And don’t forget to tune in to A&E to see Sean and the rest of the cast on Born This Way Tuesday, 10/9c !
As a parent, I had one reaction to #BornThisWay. When I take that hat off (rarely happens) and put on my Road We’ve Shared hat, I have another reaction.
The only concern I have, as a self-appointed voice of a bigger community, was brought to light in a conversation I had with a family member.
Me: “Did you watch it.”
Family member: “Very high functioning people I thought.”
Yes. That’s going to be said a great deal I bet. Continue reading #BornThisWay Sets The Bar High