The Impact, or Lack Thereof, of Born This Way

Born This Way was a docudrama series on A&E chronicling the lives of several young adults with Down Syndrome. In the series, viewers saw them navigate independent lives, work, relationships, and many other frontiers the temporarily able-bodied (or non-disabled) often take for granted. Yet, Born This Way was cancelled after just a few seasons, and not a lot of people talk about it anymore. The only exception seems to be within physical or online communities of people with Down Syndrome or other disabilities. Why is this? Did Born This Way have a bigger or smaller impact than expected, on the disabled and non-disabled? What does the trajectory of the show say about representation of PWDs in the media and their stories?

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