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"Just Jessica" Cartoon Stomps On Stigma Surrounding Down Syndrome

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Most teens would be pretty embarrassed to be the subject of their dad's cartoon series, but Fred Wills' daughter has embraced the roll and become an internet sensation.

Jessica Wills has down syndrome. Like everyone else living with the genetic disorder, she faces misguided preconceptions about her ability to live a normal life. Just Jessica fights back against that stigma with playful cartoons that highlight her energetic and fun personality.

You Are What You Eat

Posted by Just Jessica onTuesday, September 22, 2015

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Fred Wills explained how he draws inspiration from photographs of his daughter and the things she says throughout the day. Each night he makes a new illustration and posts it on the fridge for his daughter to see in the morning.

Since posting the drawings online, Wills' Facebook page has grown a huge following that he described as "overwhelming and humbling." Fans have flooded his inbox with supportive messages and what he describes as "meaningful questions" about Down syndrome.

Use Your Listening Skills!

Posted by Just Jessica on Friday, September 18, 2015

Chipping away at the stigma surrounding Down syndrome has been this father's way of creating a better life for his daughter. Wills told Huffington Post how meaningful all the support has been and how his goal is to "spread the message that there are no categories of people, there are just people. Help people not look at people with 'special needs' or 'disabilities' as such and as different and in need, but as regular people first."  

For a look at the entire Just Jessica series, click here

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