Where are the orphans with Special Needs? Где находятся дети-сироты с ограниченными возможностями?

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Blair Williamson (born in 1979) has played in 9 different movies and TV shows. Blair was born with Down syndrome weighing 3 lbs. 6 oz. He had 9 surgeries by the time he was 5 years old and didn't walk until he was nearly 4 years old. By the time he was a healthy 10 year old he was running 400 meters for Special Olympics. Blair lives with his parents and has a girlfriend. He plays an instrument and continues to train for Special Olympics.

Michael Johnson's interest in art began when he was 10 years old. He taught himself to paint and surprised everyone with his skills. Today, Michael (who has Down Syndrome) is an accomplished artist. He paints almost every day and sells his paintings through his own business. Michael is often commissioned to do portraits of individuals and animals from photographs. These are some of Michael's paintings. 

In her early 20s, Karen Gaffney was the first person with Down Syndrome to complete a relay swim across the English Channel. At 29, she swam nine miles (six hours) from Nevada to California across Lake Tahoe. "We are trying to show that people with Down Syndrome are more like everyone else, rather than different from everyone else," she said in front of reporters. With the help of her family and teachers Karen was able to attend a regular school and graduate from high school. She now works as a teacher's aide.

Chris Burke was born with Down Syndrome in 1965. The doctors told his parents to put Chris in an institution. The Burkes ignored that advice and treated Chris the same as his older brother and two sisters. Chris became an actor and for four years played the lead character in the TV series "Life Goes On." He has also played roles in 10 other movies and TV series. Chris says, "People said I could never become an actor because I'm retarded. It goes to show you that anyone can make their dreams a reality." Since 1993 Chris has been part of a folk music band that has released four albums and toured the United States. Chris is an ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society and is editor-in-chief of its quarterly magazine. He is an usher at a Catholic church near his NY home. Chris has co-authored a book about his life, has marched in former US-President Bill Clinton's inaugural parade, and has received awards for his work as an actor. There is even a New York City school named in his honor!