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This New Film Highlights the Joys and Challenges of Young Adulthood With Down Syndrome

Disability self-advocates are not fond of the word “special.” That word has been code for segregation, low expectations, stereotypes, de-humanization and so much more. So when I saw the title of the film “Especial,” which recently played at the ReelAbilities Film Festival NYC, I was hesitant. Especial means special in Spanish. I almost pre-judged the film based on the title alone.

It did not take long to see that this film is exceptional in numerous ways. Through the magic of film, viewers are transported to Venezuela, focusing on the beauty of its people and culture, with the backdrop of a harder life than most Americans are used to. Yet with all the differences between the USA and Venezuela, the film reminds us over and over that we are

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