Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Survivor: Downers Grove

So I learned both from a local Yahoo group and my bloggy friend j* at Teaching the Boy, that the folks at Hopeful Parents were soliciting applications for a special needs family to star in their own reality TV show.  The show is meant to raise awareness of special needs children and the challenges that their parents face on a daily basis.

The website laid out some of the requirements: 
We will consider families who can show a core stability and I can stop reading right now. 
OK, OK, I'll let you read the rest:
who would be capable of having camera crews of three to four people in their home for two to three days at a stretch, who are articulate and well-studied in their child's disorders, and who exhibit forceful personalities in finding solutions.

OK, so no on the core stability. 

Camera crews:  Do I have to feed them, or will there be Kraft Services?  If it's the latter, can I eat off of the Kraft Services table?  Will they be using our bathrooms or will there be Porta Potties set up in the backyard?  If it's the latter, can I use the Porta Potties?

Articulate and well-studied in their child's disorders:  I'm the longshoreman of special needs parents.  I'm fluent in profanity and all of my knowledge comes from on-the-job-training.  Now fuck off.

Forceful personalities in finding solutions:  Are two out of those five words enough?

The tribal council ceremonies would get pretty redundant as we would each vote ourselves off of the island week after week.  And then there would be the gut-wrenching scene when we are told that this show doesn't work that way and we all have to stay.

Anyway, I've missed my chance, because the window for submissions is now closed.  According to the website, they were "inundated with responses".  I hope that all goes well for the lucky winners.  I promise to be on the front lines wearing my FREE (TBD) t-shirt when the DCFS hauls the poor mother away.


  1. I can't even imagine! Not in my wildest dreams would I subject my daughter to that.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with Cheryl D.

  3. "Are two out of those five words enough?" lol

  4. Can reality TV exploit even more children?! yikes I often wonder what it would be like to have a camera crew in my house. Not a pretty scene! lol If you need lessons on profanity, they don't call me Sailor Mom because my language is clean!

    xo Susie

  5. Uh, yeah. I didn't apply for that one, either. Great points on Kraft services and Porta Potties, though. :)

  6. Lynn you really are the funniest

    I did not apply for the show either
    At the same time I kind of like that some parents did

    On a tangent

    I hope it wont be too doom and gloom though
    I feel very bad about how so many "true life with Autism " type things are about how terrible life is with an autistic child

    I hope parents who watch these shows dont watch it with thier autistic children

    I still remember the show with a shudder where a mom talked about how she always wanted to drive off a bridge
    Not that I dont empathise or dont care but these expressions- on national TV( instead of in a blog or something ) - without enough voice given to parents who have happy lives with their autistic children - creates a toxic atmosphere for parents with new diagnosis

  7. Yeah, too much drinking and profanity here for a tv show. And I'm too ugly for TV. But my scarred up Deaf kid would make for some fun viewing.

  8. Ummm...yeah...I am with you on this one... " I promise to be on the front lines wearing my FREE (TBD) t-shirt when the DCFS hauls the poor mother away." Will excessive profanity put one in danger with DCFS? I wonder... hmm...

  9. I'm still amazed that people want to do reality tv shows...haven't they learned anything from those who have??

    I do hope that the family chose for this, is able to share their story and the rest of the world can learn from their story.

  10. I'm not sure how I feel about this until I see the TV show. But I must say that if anyone could do this show, you probably would be perfect. You have an interesting and funny way of explaining your experience with autism to your readers and you do a great job.

    Stopping by from your SU group.