Punky the Cartoon: The Hero is a Girl with Down Syndrome

A production company and a television station in Ireland is about to  make an impact in the world of Down Syndrome.  Monster Animation & Design has created a show called Punky.  Punky is the main character of this cartoon and she has Down Syndrome.  "Punky is described as a happy girl who loves music, dancing, playing with her big brother, Con, and jumping around with her dog, Rufus.  She enjoys helping around the house and trying to make Cranky, her grandmother, a little less cranky."  The voice of Punky is Aimee Richardson who does have Down Syndrome.

Meant for preschoolers this show takes place from the perspective of Punky's everyday life, her daily routine and even shows how she and her family deal with "unanticipated disruptions."  Gerard O'Rourke, part of the production company Monster, mentioned he hopes that the program will be educational but not pigeon-holed as such.

I echo the many comments on the original article from the Irishtimes.com which include:  "it's about time," "wish this show was in the USA," and "thanks for making a difference."

I am wondering what could be done to get this first-of-its-kind show in the United States or, if nothing else, online.  Let's get the word out that this show exists!  Share ideas with each other, blog about it, tell your local programs and associations about it.

I sent out a tweet to @PunkyCartoon to find out if we can access it in the United State via their YouTube channel or some other way.  I will keep you posted in the comments section with their answers.  Use the comments section here to start a discussion.  Let's see if we can get some good ideas to get access to this show if it isn't going to be available in the United States.

Follow Punky Cartoon on Twitter and the YouTube Channel:
Twitter @PunkyCartoon
YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/PunkyCartoon?blend=5&ob=5

Original Source

LauraSlattery. (2011, April 13). Punky, a cartoon heroine for the Saorview age. Retrieved April 14, 2011, from irishtimes.com: http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/theindex/2011/04/13/punky-a-cartoon-heroine-for-the-saorview-age/

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