Also known as trisomy 21, Down syndrome affects over 250,000 Americans. While many view these individuals as being next to helpless, that notion couldn't be further from the truth. It is true that one of the characteristics of the condition is impaired mental capacity and slowed development, but many eventually obtain jobs and their own living space, and some are even able to live independently. It may be harder and take longer to achieve developmental milestones, but they are just like any one of us.
This makes it especially appalling when people don't treat individuals with Down syndrome with the respect they deserve. When Michael Garcia heard rude comments about a special needs child at his work, he knew he couldn't just let it slide.