When high school senior Noah VanVooren was born with Down Syndrome 18 years ago, doctors told his parents he would never be able to "walk, talk, or do anything," his dad says. Well, Noah just found out he'll be going to college in the fall.
With so many people getting into college (be it ivy or community) each and every year, it's easy to forget that many Americans with intellectual disabilities get left out of this most American of life experiences.
The latest installment of HBO's excellent documentary series, The Crash Reel, focused on the pro snowboarder Kevin Pearce and the 2009 head injury that interrupted his career. In the tradition of great documentaries, The Crash Reel was about way more than its ostensible subject. Tangents regarding Pearce's rival Shaun White, other athletes who suffered brain injuries (including freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died in 2012), and Kevin's brother David, who has Down syndrome, rippled out of and enhanced the main narrative.