Parents' Guide to

Born This Way

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Reality series offers insight into life with Down syndrome.

TV A&E Reality TV 2015
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The honest and appealing reality series offers some insight into how some adults with Down syndrome negotiate their way through a world that treats them differently while having low expectations for them. Happily, it does so in a way that blends the trendiness of unscripted TV -- complete with a hip meeting space, confessionals, and lots of dramatic moments -- with earnest conversations about their hopes, needs, and desires, as well as the emotional struggles having the genetic condition causes them and their loved ones.

It succeeds at allowing the cast to present themselves as unique, highly functioning, and talented people in a very complicated world. But despite wanting to underscore that having Down syndrome does not define who they are, the fact that they have it, and the challenges they face because of it, is a consistent theme throughout. Nonetheless, it offers viewers the valuable opportunity to gain a better understanding of the cast's experiences and to rethink how we tend to characterize people with special needs.

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