This Funny Down Syndrome Ad Will Change the Way You Feel About 'Special Needs'

What is a special need, anyway?

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Able society is weird about people with disabilities. Eyes dart away. We’re overly helpful, not helpful enough. We call their needs “special,” as though demanding the same access to stuff we all want, like jobs or love or the chance to learn, is extra.

To change the discourse around a lazy euphemism, Coordown, Italy’s national organization for people with Down syndrome, launched “Not Special Needs,” an ad with Lauren Potter of Glee and John McGinley of Scrubs.

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