August 10, 2012

I had the opportunity to watch the film Indelible today. Wow! I was just blown away by the beauty, joy, and wisdom that emanate from this short piece.  Indelible features Dr. Surekha Ramachandran, the Chairperson for the Down Syndrome Federation of India and mother to a daughter with Down syndrome. The way she articulates the value of [...]

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A Mother Like Alex

March 25, 2012

TVOntario recently broadcast a wonderful documentary about  Alex Bell, a mother living just outside Manchester, England.  Over a period of 25 years, Alex has adopted and fostered eight children with special needs, seven of whom have Down Syndrome.  The program profiles Alex and her children–who range in age from 10 to young adulthood–as well as several of their birth families.  [...]

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Including Samuel

January 23, 2012

Samuel is a little boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut.  His favourite colour is yellow, and he loves to play baseball. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.  Including Samuel is an award-winning documentary produced by Daniel Habib, Samuel’s father.  In the film, Samuel’s family– his mother Betsy, father Daniel, and brother Isaiah– are profiled.  They [...]

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Monica & David: A Love Story

February 25, 2011

Many of us in the Down syndrome community have been hearing about Monica & David for some time, and we were thrilled that it finally aired on CBC’s The Passionate Eye last week on Valentine’s Day.  And what an appropriate day for its release!  This film just brims over with love – the love between Monica and David, of [...]

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Born to Be Different

February 1, 2011

TVOntario is once again airing episodes of the British documentary series Born to Be Different. This program chronicles the lives of 6 families, all of whom have a child with special needs.  Shelbie, Zoe, Emily, William, Hamish and Nathan are all living with a different condition, including Spina Bifida, Achondroplasia (dwarfism), and Down syndrome.  Once a [...]

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