Kids Like These (1987)

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Bob and Joanna, both over 40 years old, have a baby with the Down syndrome. Their doctor advises them to give the child away, not to "waste their time" with a kid with a mental deficiency. ... See full summary »


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27 December 2001 | lizgrumet
| Great Film
I was disappointed to see that the only review of this movie was a poor one. I thought, "Kids Like These" was a great movie. I have a brother with Down's Syndrome and it not only moved me, but inspired me. It was amazing to see the effort Tyne Daly's character(modeled after Emily Pearl Kingsley, writer on Sesame Street) put into teaching and advocating for her son. It was also an important story to tell. Before Emily Pearl Kingsley advocated for her son and others with developmental disabilities to be on Sesame Street, individuals with special needs were not visible on television. This was an enormous step in raising society's consciousness about those with special needs. I saw it in health class and it changed the perceptions of many of my peers in high school. So, I would encourage people to see this movie. It is one of the few movies which feature actors with Down Syndrome & tells a real story (without leaving out the many challenges that come with raising a child with Down Syndrome) and leaves you inspired.


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