The show centers on the Thatcher family living in suburban Chicago : Drew, his wife Elizabeth, and their children Paige, Rebecca and Charles, who is known as Corky. Life Goes On was the first television series to have a major character with Down syndrome. Corky is played by Chris Burke , who has Down syndrome in real life. He is a Special Olympics coach who formerly worked for a construction company before going into the restaurant business. Drew's wife, Paige's stepmother, and Corky and Becca's mother, who has been a singer and actress.
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In "Extra Large Medium", the show's main character, Peter , discovers that he has supposedly developed " extrasensory perception " ESP after his two sons, Chris and Stewie , go missing during a family hike in the woods. Soon after being rescued, Chris decides to ask out a classmate at his school, named Ellen, who has Down syndrome , and eventually takes her on a romantic date, which he goes on to regret. Meanwhile, Peter begins performing psychic readings , but is eventually discovered to be faking his ability once he is approached by the town's police force. The episode generated significant controversy.
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Born with Down syndrome, Saadya was not expected to be able to become independent, and doctors said he might not even learn to talk. Saadya wanted to prove he could do anything, and from the time he could walk, fences and locks did little to hold him back, his mother wrote in a column. There were times he insisted he be allowed to take driving lessons -- one instance where he had to be told no -- and he was prone to going on solo jaunts exploring the bustling city without warning. In he traveled to Israel for Yeshivat Darkaynu, a gap-year program for young men with special needs, and ended up staying in the country for four years. Returning to the United States, he focused on a lifelong but seemingly unattainable dream: attending Yeshiva University, where his late father, Leon Ehrenpreis, had been a mathematics professor.
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