UCP had the opportunity to check out a sneak peek of the new reality series premiering on A&E Network this month. “Born This Way” follows the live of seven adults living with Down syndrome living in Los Angeles, California.
You watch as they navigate life and all it’s complexities, such as the relationships with their parents, finding love, gaining their independence, planning their futures and following their dreams.
The show tackles issues surrounding language, culture, and stigma in regards to the way we look at individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in a way that really hasn’t been on television before. The show is an honest take on how they live their lives and it’s refreshing to see people with disabilities discussing their lives as they know them to be.
We had the pleasure of meeting one of the stars of the show, John Tucker, a 28-year old man who’s energy is contagious and his passion is music. He’s an aspiring rapper.
“There is a freshness and honesty in the way these young adults lead their lives; something we could all learn from them.” said Executive Producer Jonathan Murray.
“Born This Way” premieres December 8, at 10:00 PM EDT/ 9:00 PM Central on A&E