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Book meme

I'm tagged by owlmoose

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

I'm interviewing Judy Winters tomorrow so her book is top of my stack.

That's exactly what Gail Williamson has done for the past twenty-five years for her son Blair, an actor with Down Syndrome, and for many others with special needs. Williamson is executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) and former coordinator of the Talent Development and Industry Relations Division of the Media Access Office (MAO) in Hollywood, California.

Until budget cuts cost her the contract position with the MAO in 2003, Williamson spent twelve years serving as the first disabilities coordinator and acting coach for such succesful television programs as ER, Touched by an Angel, Family Law, Law & Order:SUV and The Guardian.

Her role included developing new talent and helping experienced actors with special needs set goals - a commitment she now continues in her role for the DSALA, responsibilities that include growing its new casting division.
Parents of children with special needs are used to hearing all those limiting words about what their kids will never achieve, so it's no wonder their career goals were once limited to bagging groceries or stocking supermarket shelves, although these are important jobs too.

Kids with special needs also dream of becoming artists, musicians, or dancers - even Hollywood stars. That makes it vital that parents and professionals foster the creative gifts of children with special needs, much as they do with other talented children and from an early age.

I tag annathepiper, charlottesmom, haddayr, poets_hand, and yes_justice and anyone else who wants to play.

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charlottesmom
Aug. 5th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for tagging me--I'm hoping to respond this weekend but have a house full of company. Tried to tie it in to Friday poetry, but apparently have piled my Ogden Nash under a bunch of things as I deal with a cat pee crisis. Life is one big run on sentence right now, but I'm excited to respond.
waterowl
Aug. 5th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ick! Cat pee. I remember those days! No sweat I can wait, but I look forward to your response.
charlottesmom
Aug. 9th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
Done. Finally :)
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