I’m a sucker for a TV show or movie about kids with disabilities. I glean hope from success stories and a feeling of belonging and validation when I see other families with similar struggles. In that vein, I’ve been watching the new A&E series, “Born this Way.“ The show focuses on the everyday life experiences of seven young adults with Down syndrome.
I wasn’t sure there would be a lot of similarities to my own life, since Down Syndrome is a very outwardly visible disability, and “high-functioning” autism and ADHD are very much invisible disabilities. I was happy to be wrong about that. While every story on the show isn’t similar to my own experience in a literal sense, raising kids with ADHD, autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities and raising kids with Down Syndrome are a parallel experience in many ways. I can really relate to these parents, and that’s so validating.
The most impactful aspect of the show for me actually comes from one of the adults with Down Syndrome, Megan. Read More