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This Down Syndrome PSA Starring Olivia Wilde is Stunning

By Julie Fink
Posted On Mar 21, 2016
This Down Syndrome PSA Starring Olivia Wilde is Stunning

Today is the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day! Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them grows louder.

The theme this year is #MyFriendsMyCommunity, which highlights the importance of including people with Down syndrome in society.

If you’d like to take action today in support of World Down Syndrome Day, you can share the hashtag and show the world how persons with Down syndrome live and participate in the community alongside family, friends, peers, and the public.

Actress Olivia Wilde teamed up with Italian-based organization, CoorDown, to launch a new eye-opening PSA in light of World Down Syndrome Day. The Vinyl actress is used in the video to reflect the hopes, dreams, and happy life of a young girl, AnnaRose, with Down syndrome.

This PSA provides us with a unique perspective that people, for one reason or another, don’t have, choose not to have, or may just have no idea about. Either way, CoorDown did a fantastic job at providing us with a very real, very moving perspective of those with Down syndrome. It also helped to loosen societies grip on discrimination and prejudices when it comes to Down syndrome.

AnnaRose

It personally rocked my boat, as I was unaware of World Down Syndrome Day. So, I looked into it more and was shocked by these amazing statistics about people living with Down syndrome that have come to light over the past 30 years:

  • Their IQs have increased 20 points
  • The overwhelming majority will learn how to read and write
  • Most are attending public school and some are graduating with a typical degree

In the 1980s the average life expectancy for a person with Down syndrome was only 28 years old. Today, the average lifespan of someone with Down syndrome is 60 years old!

This PSA was a job well done… captivating, powerful and effective.

If you’d like to get involved, here are a few great organizations that support people with Down syndrome:

www.bestbuddies.org

Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Down Syndrome International

Photo Credits: CoorDown