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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Courage and perseverance are major themes. People with learning disabilities are smart, capable. It's OK to fail, so long as you keep going.
Positive Role Models
Interviewees are kind and inspiring as they share their experiences living with learning disabilities and how they manage.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Being You is a documentary about young adults learning to manage learning and attention issues with the help of mentors across the country who have dealt with the same challenges. The messages it sends are overwhelmingly positive, although there are some discussions about feeling discomfort and shame about having learning and attention issues. Overall, it's an informative and inspirational journey that can help kids better understand themselves and each other.
Is It Any Good?
This gentle documentary takes an insightful look at some of the real concerns of people who have learning disabilities as they begin their adult lives. It also highlights some of the fears people with LDs face when trying to function, as well as the shame they often feel because they don't process information the same way others might.
The stories told by the range of interviewers and interviewees are interesting, and it's fun to see the variety of jobs and lifestyles that the trio of young people get to witness. This is a trademark of Roadtrip Nation's previous offerings: showing kids that there are many options and ways to find success in life. Most of the conversations in Being You underscore the same points over and over again, which isn't necessarily a bad thing; the messages sent about embracing who you are, and being comfortable with the specific things you need to do to reach your goals, are no less inspiring.
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