“Born This Way” a Reality Show about People with Disabilities Breaks Stereotypes

An estimated 15 percent of business owners are people with disabilities. Nearly 1 in 5 People have a disability in the U.S., reports the Census Bureau.

Tonight’s episode is aptly titled Joyride

“Born This Way”‘s second episode of season four aired tonight and true to its core mission, it continues to break down stereotypes about people with disabilities. The  Emmy award-winning A&E airs at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT, and this week the docuseries took us in the lives of Sean McElwee and Megan Bomgaars, two entrepreneurs, and designers who also have down syndrome but that don’t let it stop them from achieving their dream. As reported by The Scope Weekly, the show returned for its fourth season August 22.

Don’t Limit Me

 Megan Bomgaars runs Megology, a t-shirts business that features the words “Don’t Limit Me” on them, which picks up the theme of a video Bomgaars made with her teachers at her school in which she talks about her achievements as a person with down syndrome. Her business also sells hand dyed silk scarves, tote bags, and phone cases.

Having a new brand, having a new style – I’m kind of emotional because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted. I’m building a new Megpire,” said Megan Bomgaars.

Working with disabilities

The Network joined forces with RespectAbility and put together the Born This Way Fan Guide: Free Resources You Can Use for all people with disability who are job seekers and for potential employers. Considering that according to the 2012 report from U.S. Census Bureau about 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe.

Join RespectAbility with the cast and crew as they livetweet using #BornThisWay.

Next week’s episode “One Small Step” will explore the ups and downs of independent living from the perspective of Megan and Rachel.

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