Groundbreaking new series Born This Way reveals what life is really like for those with Down’s syndrome
For every thousand babies born in the UK, one has Down’s syndrome – yet how many characters in film, television and literature can you name with an extra chromosome?
The representation of young men and women with Down’s syndrome in the media is shockingly negligible. Yet 40,000 people with Down’s syndrome live alongside us in the UK, invisible on film, television and books.
The groundbreaking new series Born This Way seeks to change the way we view individuals with Down’s syndrome, and indeed, make them a more visible minority with the same hopes, fears and struggles as anybody else.
From the creators of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Born This Way was nominated for three Emmys in 2016 and won one, for “Outstanding Unstructured Reality Programme”. The show follows the lives of seven young adults and their families as they live, work and play.
In six episodes, we’ll watch insurance company worker Rachel, self-professed ladies’ man Sean, aspiring rapper John, customer service provider Steven, student Cristina, entrepreneur Megan and lover of life Elena tirelessly pursue their passions, face life’s challenges head on and never hold themselves back. There are setbacks, of course, and they’re painfully relatable.
Lifetime is working with the Down’s Syndrome Association to help raise awareness and a better understanding of Down’s syndrome. For more information, please visit the Down’s Syndrome Association official website.