I work as a TA for instrument performance and composition in school, and I volunteered for teaching a special ed class with mostly 12~18 y/o?
down syndrome students about piano, guitar and singing.
I didn't know how to deal with these kids while supervisor was observing, but they pretty much went along cluelessly for whatever I said.
One kid asked me "How can we be good?
" and I kind of got saddened by the fact that the kid was aware that he won't be capable to achieve what people with normal mentality can achieve,
and wanted to brighten them up whether or not if that was the reason why the kid asked or not.
But I pretty much had to bullshit all the way and stall since I couldn't think of any successful people with mental disability except the McDonald's worker with down syndrome who retired
that I saw on Reddit.
So I just quickly ran down my memory to find a famous person who looks like a disabled person, and came up with Jack Black. Then I played some video clips of him and told how successful he is.
Next few weeks they went full-on pro-Jack Black and now the classroom has a portrait frame of him above and watch his movies for "Motivation". Everyday they ask me to play Wonderboy.
They want to write a letter to him and invite him to the school. I've done it, I'm fucked.