Earlier this month, a little girl in New Jersey named Amelia Rivera was denied a kidney transplant because she suffers from a rare genetic disease, Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which affects her cognitive abilities and can lead to organ failure. A debate on denying organ transplants to people who are considered mentally disabled rages on.
In the meantime, a young woman and her brother, who has Down syndrome, are doing their part to let people know that people with genetic differences aren’t actually all that different, and have feelings as well.
Grace Curley, 20, and her younger brother, Josh, 18, posted a series of photos of themselves on Facebook holding note cards explaining how Josh is actually just like you and your friends. They live in a tiny town in Ontario called Paris, and Grace was hoping that the photos would reach all of her friends and encourage them to stop using the word “retarded.”
Grab a Kleenex, take a look at the photos and maybe think again about what you’ve always believed to be true regarding people who might look a little different on the outside, or even have some differences on the inside:
All images courtesy of Grace Curley
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