Give a Holiday Gift that celebrates girls with disabilities and Easter Seals families
Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Rachel
Sure hope my sister doesn’t see this post — I just have to tell you all about the amazing Christmas present I bought her for Christmas! You might remember the three blog posts we published here when the Miss You Can Do It pageant was going on:I left my heart in Kewanee and I should have worn waterproof mascara and Miss You Can Do It portrays ability in an empowering way. Well, I’m writing about “Miss You Can Do It” again because the documentary is available for sale from HBO now.
I saw the “Miss You Can Do It” documentary when it premiered on HBO on June 24, 2013, and it’s such a fun and moving documentary about possibilities and what girls can do when given a chance that you’ll want to see it again, and again, and again!
Filmmaker Ron Davis was inspired to create a movie from a photo he saw in a magazine that showed six young girls with disabilities holding up medals. He learned the girls in the photo were participants in the Miss You Can Do It pageant and went on to write and direct “Miss You Can Do It,” an HBO Documentary Film that chronicles the efforts of Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa 2008, the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA Pageant, and founder of Miss You Can Do It.
The documentary tells Curran’s story and follows eight young girls with physical and intellectual disabilities as they participate in the program. It also celebrates the heroism of their parents. The families openly describe how the heartbreak of learning their child’s diagnosis eventually gave way to loving patience, dedication and a new appreciation for the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs. Easter Seals worked with Ron Davis to help him find and film the girls and the families in the film.
My sister works with adults with disabilities, and I know she will think “Miss You Can Do It” is as great as we do here at Easter Seals. I can’t wait to watch the DVD with her.