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Olivia Wilde stars in PSA for World Down Syndrome Day

By Wade Sheridan   |   March 21, 2016 at 7:49 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 21 (UPI) -- Olivia Wilde is raising awareness for Down syndrome in a new public service announcement in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.

The touching video features Wilde as a woman with Down syndrome taking part in everyday activities such as enjoying time with family, watching television, and exercising as AnnaRose Rubright, a college student and Special Olympics athlete with Down syndrome narrates.

"I see myself as an ordinary person with an important meaningful beautiful life. This is how I see myself. How do you see me?" Rubright says at the end as the camera pans to reveal that Wilde is portraying her in the video.

Directed by Reed Morano who has worked with Wilde on Meadowland and Vinyl, the PSA was created by CoorDown, an Italian organization for people with Down syndrome.

"A real problem for people with Down syndrome is the way people look at them because of their condition," CoorDown president Sergio Silvestre explained to ABC News."The metaphor in the video aims to ... [show] how people with Down syndrome see themselves, whilst revealing the inherent prejudice and discrimination that they face based on society's preconceptions and stereotypical low expectations."

"I want people to try and respect people with Down syndrome and see how smart they are," Rubright added.

World Down Syndrome Day commences today, March 21.

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