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Columnist: Documentary dismantles stereotypes about DS

October 14th, 2010

Boston Herald columnist Lauren Beckham Falcone on HBO’s documentary about a young married couple with Down syndrome:

“Monica & David” is more than a love story; it is a reverential, nuanced movie that shows that people with developmental disabilities want the same things everyone wants out of life: Love. Work. Companionship. Independence. These things aren’t the exception. They’re the expectation.

“Monica & David” airs today on HBO.

Other coverage of the movie’s HBO premiere:

Matthew Gilbert in the Boston Globe:

Reader, I cried … Monica & David” gracefully presents the world of people with Down syndrome at a crossroads, as embodied by these two individuals and their sweet, life-affirming love.

Ellen Gray in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

If you make it through the first 10 minutes dry-eyed, you’ll want to see an ophthalmologist.

ABC News: HBO film asks provocative questions about sex, children

One Response to “Columnist: Documentary dismantles stereotypes about DS”

  1. MDmom Says:

    In my opinion, ABC News missed the mark again. This film isn’t really about a couple with ds getting married and having sex. It may have started out that way but it’s about so much more…

    It’s about the lack of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

    It’s about the contrasting and enlightening journey that these really “open-minded” parents take when they allow their adult children to marry but then forbid them to work for fear of public derision.

    It’s about a family’s realization that children and adults with disabilities are real people and are capable of living real lives, if you prepare them and give them a chance.

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