"Since I was a young boy, my parents and teachers kept telling me to look away and stop staring. This is my homage to what I had missed."
—Jagatjoti S. Khalsa
I'm Down with You is a photography book and documentary film that tells a story, visually and in words, about the incredible people met along the path. The book and documentary shows us all something deep within our hearts through the presentation of this community of amazing people. With the gift of an extra chromosome, they are in fact not "disabled" but "abled" in their ability to love without hierarchy, have a strong self-esteem and to impact everyone they touch with an uplift found too rarely in our world these days.
We have new heroes and reminders that we can overcome adversity and love without fear or restriction and to be reminded of our potential. Within the Down syndrome community, there are not words, but actions – the action of grace, love, dwelling in the present and trust. We have new heroes, they just may not have been in the form we all expected.
The book contains over 100 photographs in the form of portraits and families along with essays by Betsy Goodwin, NDSS Founder; Sharon Stone, Actor and Activist; Anthony Shriver, CEO and Founder of Best Buddies; John Mcginley, Actor and National Spokesperson for Buddy Walk; and Jagatjoti Khalsa, photographer and creator of I'm Down with You. We have received the endorsement from every organization within this community.
We have partnered with National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and Best Buddies along with over 100
local and regional Down syndrome organizations who will be using this book to raise money and awareness for their incredible efforts. I'm Down with You is available at bookstores and other fine retailers throughout the country. Visit imdownwithyou.com to see highlights from the book. Released September 2010
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