Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Specials

Last night when I was checking out some down syndrome blogs, I came across this website for a reality series called The Specials. It's a series about 5 young adults in their early 20s with developmental delays living in their own home in England with a support staff supervising them. Basically an assisted living facility.
It is kind of cool to see them living their day to day life- doing laundry, going to school or going out to a nightclub like everyone else. What I did not like so much was that the emphasis of the series was mostly on boy-girl issues: who likes who, who wants to date who. On the one hand it is nice to validate that people with down syndrome have feelings just like anybody else and can have crushes, feel lonely, etc. On the other hand, is that the only issue these men and women are dealing with? There must be a bit more to their life, don't you think?
I'll let you see for yourself. Here is a clip of one of the episodes. It's only about 10 minutes long. I am wondering if they will continue this series for another season.

The Specials - Episode 1 from KADA Films on Vimeo.

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