MONICA & DAVID - Official Trailer!
MONICA & DAVID - Official Trailer with Audio Description
They love to dance!

Congratulations to filmmaker and United Way 2010 Essie Silva Community Builder Award recipient, Ali Codina, on being nominated for an Emmy for her film, MONICA ...& DAVID. The documentary is nominated in the category of Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form, News & Documentary. The film chronicles the struggles of a young couple who have Down syndrome:

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The winners of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival’s competition categories were announced tonight at W Union Square in New York City. The top awards went to When We Leave (Die Fremde), Monica & David, Dog Pound and The Arbor. Additional awards were handed out for the best Short Films (narrative, documen

Thanks, Lawrence Carter-Long, for always keeping us informed and inspired! And thank you Frances McDormand for being a fearless leader and wonderful human (although we'd use those same descriptions for you, Lawrence:)

INCLUSION/DIVERSITY/REPRESENTATION: Oscar Award winner Frances McDormand mentoned inclusion riders in her acceptance speech, but what are they? "A typical inclu...sion rider would set benchmarks for diversity in staffing. As an example, it could require the cast be 50 % female, 40 percent under-represented ethnic groups, 20 percent people with disabilities, and 5 percent L.G.B.T. people. The idea, she said, would be to ensure “the world onscreen looks like the world in which we live", says Dr Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

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Frances McDormand, who mentioned the contract provision as she accepted the best actress Oscar, said she just learned about it two weeks ago.

Happy Monday We hope you have a great week!

This is Monica at her local Best Buddies International.

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Mid-week inspiration from our partner, National Down Syndrome Congress

In case you need a little mid-week inspiration

Words are powerful and can cut us deep, that’s why there’s Best Buddies. Through friendship, we give more than 1.1 million people with and without intellectu...

One of the most energizing day of my life was being in D.C. for the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was a bi-partisan celebration that went well beyond politics, to a moment where we all felt great about the world. The thought of going so far backwards is horrifying! Thanks for breaking it down Sara Novic.
-Ali Codina, director/producer, MONICA & DAVID

"This bill renders the ADA's protections moot by making it much more difficult, and a lot more time-intensive, to force businesses to accommodate the millions of Americans with disabilities"

The Republicans' bill would devastate the civil rights of disabled Americans. You need to know about it.
Jamie Brewer stars in “Amy and the Orphans,” about three siblings who reunite after their father’s death, and the road trip that follows.

Cheers to love! Happy Valentine's Day!

Celebrate love today by watching the film, here:

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Happy Valentine's Day from MONICA & DAVID! #sharelove

Today's the day! For the first time in years, you can now watch Monica & David online, here:

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David sprinting at the Special Olympics Florida - Miami-Dade County Special Olympics.
Hurry -- today's your last day to pre-order the film to watch online here:

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It's a big week for us! For the first time in years, you'll be able to watch "Monica & David" online! Go here before Valentine's Day (February 14th) to pre-order it:

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Monica and David recently saw the play Hamilton: An American Musical. Which plays have you seen? Do you have a favorite?

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Monica received a volunteer award at the Miami Learning Experience School, where she and David volunteer on Wednesday's and Thursday's. How do you like to help in your community?

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The 2018 Gerber baby is Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby since the contest started in 2010.

For the first time since the contest's start in the 1920's, Gerber has chosen a child with Down syndrome as this year's Gerber baby.

Monica and David enjoy Special Olympics bowling. Do you like sports? What do you play to have fun?

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What do YOU love about Monica & David?

'I loved Monica's dress, when they were saying their vows, and how much they love each other.” - Maryanne and Tommy #lovemonicaanddavid

Maryanne and Tommy have been happily married for 22 years this year, together for 27 and they both have Down syndrome. ...
Thank you for sharing your story with us!

What do YOU love about Monica & David? What’s your favorite part? Did you ever meet them and want to share your story? Use #lovemonicaanddavid, or send us a Facebook message, and we may share your story.

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Maryanne and Tommy is at Grumpy's Diner.

Birthday fun to celebrate Tommy's birthday!