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Contact: Jen Greenstreet, (816) 260-3187
LOCALLY PRODUCED FILM HELPS BUILD UNDERSTANDING
& ACCEPTANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME
(Kansas City, MO Monday, October 1, 2012)
It began as a need; the opportunity to create a tool for educating people about Down syndrome at schools across the country. The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and filmmaker Jen Greenstreet have partnered to release the film, “Just Like You – Down Syndrome” on October 22, 2012. The film focuses on educating students on the condition as told by three teenagers with Down syndrome and their friends.
Kids are curious, and having a classmate with Down syndrome raises questions. When questions are left unanswered, it can lead to fear of the unknown that may cause kids to ostracize, judge their classmates, lash out or bully their peers who are living with the condition. Just Like You, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, makes films that answer kids’ questions about unique circumstances. The stars of the film speak on behalf of all people with Down syndrome to breakdown stereotypes and open doors.
In “Just Like You – Down Syndrome,” Elyssa, Rachel and Sam look straight into the camera and into the eyes of their audience to tell them exactly what it feels like to be a teenager with Down syndrome. Medical and health concerns, communication difficulties, learning needs and how to be a good friend are explained as only a child can –with straight forward candor and humor.
The stars of the film educate kids about the unknown, illuminate the human ties they have to each other and allow them to look past labels and accept people for who they are on the inside. “Our goal is to use this film as a tool to educate peers about Down syndrome. We hope to show the film in every K-12 school across the country to promote awareness and acceptance,” said Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City (DSG), Amy Allison.
“As a parent, it is clear to me, after watching the film, that it is going to serve as a great teaching tool and awareness piece to educate children and adults on Down Syndrome and help break down stereotypes or myths associated with the condition. I can’t wait for my son’s friends to watch the film,” said DSG parent Tom Wagstaff.
Kids with Down syndrome just want to be treated like any other kid. They are more alike than different, is emphasized by Alyssa, Rachel, Sam and their friends throughout the film. “Just Like You – Down Syndrome” is scheduled to premiere at the AMC theater at Barrywoods on Monday, October 22at 7:00p.m.
Just Like You-Down Syndrome film premiere
Monday, October 22, 2012 7:00 PM AMC Barry Woods Theater
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For More Information Contact: Jen Greenstreet (816) 260-3187