The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) presented Just Like You Films of Kansas City, Mo. with the 2014 Education Award at the NDSC’s 42nd Annual Convention in Indianapolis on July 12, 2014. The non-profit film company received the Education Award for the film “Just Like You – Down Syndrome.” The NDSC is the oldest organization in the U.S. devoted to individuals with or impacted by Down syndrome.
Just Like You Films is a non-profit organization that creates films and materials aimed at educating the local and global community about difficult subjects, including childhood cancer, burns, Down syndrome, and autism. Just Like You Films collaborated with the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City to create and produce “Just Like You – Down Syndrome.”
According to the NDSC Board of Directors, “The ‘Just Like You – Down Syndrome’ film has proven to be a wonderful tool for promoting inclusion and acceptance in the community. The film is particularly helpful to education professionals who want to teach inclusive values within the school setting.”
“It is an incredible honor to receive this award, especially because it comes from an organization whose purpose is to create a national climate that embraces and values people with Down syndrome,” said Just Like You Films’ Founder & CEO Jen Greenstreet. “This mission of Just Like You Films is to help raise a new generation of kids who are more compassionate and connected. This award is a testament to the power of film and education.”
Founded in in 2009, Just Like You Films has produced five documentary-style films featuring children with burns, caner, Down syndrome and autism (release Fall 2014). The films are told from the perspective of the children and demonstrate how they are not defined or limited by their conditions.