'Dream It Anyway'
Mar 18, 2013 (Messenger-Inquirer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Therese Payne's pre-AP language students at Daviess County High School did well on their recent assignment of creating videos about the treatment of certain groups of people.
The class was to present stereotypes that are perpetuated by society and the media. They all did well, Payne said, but Katie Judd's effort is being used by the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association in Meridian, Idaho. When Judd contacted the organization for permission to use its video in her production, its staff wanted to see her finished product before signing off.
Judd enhanced the Treasure Valley video with the song "Anyway" by Martina McBride and added photos of Albert Einstein, who was dyslectic, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who suffered paralysis from polio, as examples of overcoming disabilities. However, her video's main focus is on the r-word.
Before the r-word became derogatory, it was a medical term, Judd said. Now people use it as an insult. The video shows siblings of children with Down Syndrome explaining how hurtful the word is.
The video begins with a little girl, who appears to be 5 or 6 years old, talking about her infant sister who is "perfect," and if people knew her they would think so too.
"That little girl moved me, and I thought she would affect other people as well," Judd said.
The DCHS sophomore is a peer tutor and works with students with disabilities.
Judd said she chose "Anyway" for her video because McBride's song says even though a person's dream may never materialize, he or she can "dream it anyway."
The 16-year-old said that she once heard a phrase that describes people with disabilities perfectly -- "They are differently able."
Judd's video is available at www.youtube.com and on Daviess County Public School Cable Channel 74.
Suzi Bartholomy, 691-7293, email@example.com
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