A&E will premiere a reality series about people born with Down syndrome next month.
Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the six-episode Born This Way follows seven young adults, as well as their families and friends, who live in Southern California. It will begin airing on December 8 at 10 p.m.
The cast includes Rachel, a mailroom worker for an insurance company who is preparing to be maid of honor at her brother’s wedding; Sean, a golfer, sportsman and self-professed ladies’ man; and John, a musician and aspiring rapper.
The series will also focus on the cast members’ parents and the joys and challenges they face in helping their sons and daughters live as independently as possible.
“We are proud to be airing this important and extraordinary series and hope it will inspire meaningful conversations about people with differences,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive VP and head of programming for the cable network. “Born This Way is a show with honesty, humor and heart that celebrates and embraces diversity.”
“There is a freshness and honesty in the way these young adults lead their lives; something we could all learn from them,” added exec producer Jonathan Murray. “We are enormously thankful to them and their families for participating in this project.”
A&E has also partnered with non-profit organization Best Buddies International and is producing a PSA featuring founder and chairman Anthony K. Shriver as well as Best Buddies program participants to increase awareness for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.