#NOTSPECIALNEEDS JUST HUMAN NEEDS, a PSA for World Down Syndrome Day humorously redefines what ‘special needs’ are.
Ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, Italian nonprofit CoorDown has released a PSA that humorously explains why the expression “special needs” doesn’t make much sense.
The two-minute PSA, which already has nearly five million views on Facebook, stars “Glee” actress Lauren Potter. In the video, Potter uses humor to illustrate the point that the needs of people with Down syndome aren’t particularly special - for example, they don’t “need” to eat dinosaur eggs or “need” to be woken up by a celebrity every morning.
Called 'Not Special Needs,' the PSA aims to shine a light on the fact that people with Down syndrome have the same needs as everyone. While they may require extra assistance or help, they still strive to have the same opportunities and experiences as everybody else.
Created by Publicis New York and directed by Wayne McClammy, the PSA will be presented at the 6th World Down Syndrome Day Conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 21.
“The term ‘special needs’ is a euphemistic way to speak about persons with disabilities and their needs,” said Andy Bird, chief creative officer of Publicis New York, in a statement. “The reality is people with Down syndrome do not have different or special needs, although they may sometimes meet those needs in different ways, they have the same needs as all of us… jobs, friends, love and simply the need to be seen and treated equally. We are so proud of this work for our incredible partner CoorDown who does so much great work courageously challenging preconceptions, and we hope our film maybe goes a little way to changing how people view those with Down Syndrome.”
Ask yourself: what “special needs” does a person with Down syndrome really have?
Check out http://www.notspecialneeds.com to discover a new perspective.
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If this year is like last, hundreds of Uber riders will be using their smartphone requesting a pick-up for the Saturday. The twist, though, is that the request is not to schedule a ride, but the pick-up of Mardi Gras beads that will be donated to Arc of Greater New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Recycle Center. Donating them will be as easy as tapping an app on your cell phone. And the best part – it’s totally FREE! Uber, the company that connects riders to drivers for easy access around the city, is teaming up with Arc’s Mardi Gras Recycle Center to make donating convenient. The Recycle Center is one of five social enterprises Arc manages, which allows the non-profit to hire people with disabilities and pay minimum wage or higher. The Center depends on donations throughout the year to be successful, and Uber is helping kick to off the 2017 donation cycle by connecting donors via the company’s app and having Uber drivers pick up the donations.
On Saturday March 4, 2017, an Uber driver will come to your house, pick up bags of beads or throws and deliver them directly to a local Arc donation center for free.
Crown Royal is hosting a “pop-up party” in downtown New Orleans, outside Harrah’s Casino (corner of Canal and South Peters streets).
The outdoor event will function as a trading post for Mardi Gras staples — drop off beads and you can collect a free Gambino’s king cake on the spot. Organizers plan to have about 1,000 king cakes on hand each day....
Read more about this event at theadvocate.com, or click the link below.
If you are still in need of throws for Mardi Gras, we have some great news! It is not too late to purchase all your Mardi Gras throws from Arc of Greater New Orleans! We currently have everything in stock, except stuffed animals & "petite" beads.
We will be open Monday - Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. We will be closed on Monday, February 27, 2017 & Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to join everyone in the celebration of Fat Tuesday.
WDSU NEWS has aired as segment about Arc of Greater New Orleans Recycled Mardi Gras Beads program and talked with our very own Margie Perez.
Sterling Hall in Chalmette outfitted in Broadway-themed decorations
CHALMETTE, LA, January 2017 - After a two- year hiatus, Arc of Greater New Orleans played host to “Anything Goes,” a fundraiser the non-profit hosts to benefit its programs. The fundraiser, which was attended by over 200 community supporters, was held at Arc’s Sterling Hall in late November.
Arc's InterAct NOLA theater troupe, comprised of actors with intellectual disabilities and delays, shared a segment of their thought-provoking skit "Spread the Word to End the Word.” The skit features
The performance was followed by a delicious meal catered by long-time Arc supporters, Jeff & Terri Pohlmann of Today’s Ketch. The generosity of many longtime community supporters provided Arc with funds necessary to continue its mission of supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a meaningful way.