Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day - Jamie Brewster, actress/model

World Down Syndrome Day, observed March 21,  was started in 2011 to raise public awareness and advocating for rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all orpart of a third copy of chromosome 21.  People affected with DS experience physical growth delays, characteristic facial features and mild to moderate intellectual disability but this can vary widely.

Education and proper care have shown to improve quality of life.  People with Down Syndrome have been making great strides in advances in all aspects of life, which were formerly off-limits.

As with Black History Month, I decided to feature someone with Down Syndrome who has made history.  Jamie Brewster is best known for her roles in the anthology American Horror Story with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett.

I've liked her since the first season, because of her starring in non-stereotypical roles.  Her characters aren't written for characters with DS, showing her versatility and broad talent, playing a suburban daughter, a witch and wife to Neil Patrick Harris' character.

In February 12, she became the first model with Down Sydrome to walk the runway during New York Fashion Week.


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