by Shaun Heasley
Originally published: March 21, 2017
With a new short film, a handful of famous faces are using offbeat humor to question whether the needs of people with Down syndrome truly are “special.”
Dubbed “Not Special Needs,” the two-minute clip stars “Glee” actress Lauren Potter and features actor John McGinley of “Scrubs.”
“People with Down syndrome have special needs. Special needs? Really?” Potter says in the video.
The actress, who has the chromosomal disorder, then goes on to suggest several hypothetical needs that might make people with Down syndrome special. For example, she says it would be special if they needed to eat dinosaur eggs, wear a suit of armor or be massaged by a cat.