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Exhibit Reveals Hopes And Dreams Of People With Down Syndrome

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CJ's portrait and story are featured in the exhibit "Just As I Am."

Photographer Randy Bacon presents video and still photos of his subjects to allow others to view life and the world as people with Down syndrome do.

In a captivating set of black and white portraits, Springfield, Missouri photographer Randy Bacon invites you to experience the life views of people with Down syndrome.

Inspired by his niece who has the additional chromosome that causes the syndrome, Bacon believes that chromosome gives "those with Down syndrome an extraordinary ability to see the good, the joy, and the beauty in this world that the rest of us can’t see."

"Just As I Am" is on exhibit at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108, 11 a.m - 5 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, through October 30, 2021. Admission is free.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Reginald David is an assistant producer with Up To Date.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.