Monday, August 22, 2011

The Frog Princes

Posted on a scheduled timer while we're away on vaca...

Several years ago, I became "virtually" acquainted with Jim, father of a young man with Down syndrome named Ray-Man.  Jim, an artist and photographer, meticulously documented Ray-Man's early years on video and in pictures, pushed him to achieve accomplishments beyond the scope of what was deemed possible for people with Ds at the time, and raised a funny, well-rounded, inspirational, independent and able young man, who I hope to meet one day.  Jim and his wife, Carole, never expected that he couldn't or wouldn't do things, and brought him up like any other typical child.

Last year, Ray-Man entered into a program for adults with intellectual disabilities at Concordia University in Montreal, where he joined a drama group and starred in their production of The Frog Prince.  A documentary crew was on hand to film the events leading up to and following the night of the performance, and it's an amazing and touching look at the lives of this dedicated group of people and the man who led them to victory.

It runs about 1/2 hour, but I beg you to watch.  You won't be sorry.   


Denise Mom of 4 Amazing Kids said...

Thanks for sharing, Maddison and I watched it together, she danced and clapped!

Lacey said...

I hope your having a great time at the beach, can't wait until I can go anytime I want!