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

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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.

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