Here’s an article from The Irish Independent about Colin Farrell’s feelings on having a child with disabilities.
Hollywood superstar Colin Farrell yesterday opened his heart and revealed that his four-year-old son James is a special-needs child. The renowned Irish actor revealed that his treasured son was born with a rare form of cerebral palsy called Angelman Syndrome.
So what? Well, I’ll tell you why I think this is important.
For better or worse, celebrities get a lot of attention from both the public and the media. For better or worse, they are in our vision. For better or worse, they are role models.
Celebrities are in a unique position to get the word out about causes, yes. Yes, they raise money at galas and functions yaddayaddayadda. But when a celebrity stands up and says, “Here’s my kid. I love him. And this is his normal,” well… That means that now people have seen this child. This child has been in the media. And now a plain old Joe Schmoe has seen this child. And tomorrow when they go to the store, and see another child with the same disability, maybe, just maybe, his view of “normal” will be skewed enough to let the little soul in.
Celebrities have the capacity in their hands of normalizing disabilties in the public view. Again, I’m not even talking about fundraising. I’m talking about our kids being viewed as “normal” in society. I’m talking about society realizing that there IS NO NORMAL. I’m talking about our babies having less of a chance being stared at in the grocery store. Less of a chance in being left out in school.
Less chance of hurt.
I can get behind that.