DDAM Kicks Off!
by Emily Kranking
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time where our great nation reflects on the achievements of people who have developmental disabilities. Developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder affect one’s growth and/or cognition. As of 2017, about 1 in 6 children are identified to have some type of developmental disability. المراهنات على المباريات  But people shouldn’t have to be worried or alarmed if someone has a developmental disability. They can usually live normal lives as long as they have the proper supports. bwin sport
However, disabilities in general are given stigmas by society. موقع مراهنات المباريات Many
people still assume because one is disabled, it means that they need help with
everything. Or they aren’t bright enough for school or get a job. Or they can’t
find love, get married and have kids on their own. This is why months such as
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month are important for the public. They
spotlight the disability community and show how people with developmental
disabilities live normal lives. In return, the public can learn how they can
help people with developmental disabilities achieve their dreams.
So why isn’t the country celebrating and recognizing Developmental
Disabilities Awareness Month more broadly? Is the country so used to people
with developmental disabilities as symbols of humility and pitifulness that
they are not ready to embrace powerful people with developmental disabilities like
Greta Thunberg, for instance? Is the notion of someone who has Down Syndrome or
an intellectual disability seem so precious that we naturally have the feeling
to protect and take care of them?
As someone with cerebral palsy, I have been there. Getting baby
talked, literally at one point getting watched and praised over walking away
from my wheelchair, as if I was a baby taking her first steps, by two random
women and even prayed over by a religious man. Just because I have a young
aroma around me with my baby voice, baby face and a feminine fashion sense, it
doesn’t mean I’m incapable of being independent, having emotions and acting my
This month, I am premiering in my first motion picture Best Summer
Ever at the South by Southwest Festival and the ReelAbilities Film Festival. It
is the first movie musical starring people with disabilities. I am one of the
leads, along with my friend Jacob who has Asperger’s syndrome. We feature numbers
of actors, singers and dancers with many developmental disabilities. We are off
to a giant start! This could be the second biggest movie about disabilities in
recent history after last year’s The Peanut Butter Falcon, which starred my
friend and BSE co-star Zachary Gottsagen.
Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, has recently gained universal
acclaim after being the first actor with Down syndrome to present at the
Oscar’s. He has also gained a few accolades for his incredible performance.
Zachary is starting to shake expectations of disabled actors by proving that we
are able to work in movies and plays. Could he be shaking low expectations of
people with developmental disabilities in general? If Zachary can do something
big in life, if my cast and crew members can do something big in life, so can all
people with developmental disabilities! That’s what Developmental Disabilities
Awareness Month is all about.