According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. The National Down Syndrome Society estimates that 6,000 babies in the United States are born with Down syndrome each year.
While there are some common physical and cognitive symptoms associated with individuals with Down syndrome, their personalities, goals, desires, and abilities are unique to each individual. The A&E hit series, “Born This Way,” gives viewers an opportunity to see individuals with Down syndrome, as just that — individuals. In September 2017, the program received top honors for outstanding casting for a reality program and outstanding cinematography for a reality program at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
The show follows the lives of seven young people with Down syndrome and their families as they navigate adulthood. Relationships, independence, and employment are a few of the storylines viewers will share with the cast in the renewal of season three. You can meet the cast here.
This comes at a pivotal point in the societal recognition of inclusiveness in all industries, best highlighted in this October’s National Down Syndrome Awareness Month theme, Celebrating Abilities. Learn more about Down syndrome and how you can celebrate the abilities of others.
For access to resources and information concerning Down syndrome, support groups, and more, contact your local EFMP office.