talks about living with Down syndrome
the actor who played Corky on Life Goes On, said Tuesday
he has lived an interesting life because he thrust himself into
acting and teaching despite what some people thought about his disability.
people say I cant do something, I try even harder, Burke
said to an audience of TCU students, faculty, staff and families
of Rise School students in recollection of a line he once had to
memorize as an actor. Burke said it was this mentality that became
his life strategy.
Burke takes time out to play with Rise School student Kailey
Anne Hernandez Tuesday night in the Student Center Ballroom.
Burke spoke about his experiences on the television show Life
Goes On, his involvement with the National Down Syndrome
Society and how people should never give up on their dreams.
a quality of life that came out a lot of love and lots of quality
time that brought me to where I am today, Burke said.
Burke said including people with Down syndrome into everyday activities
is an important part of helping them feel like a part of society.
was happening at a time when college students were becoming more
aware of what mental disabilities were and students supported me
and included me, Burke said.
of the audience sat Burkes father, Frank Burke, who spoke
at the end of his sons speech and helped answer questions.
said he wants to encourage parents to help their children to receive
a good education.
educators is key and I think it is evident at TCU that the students
with special education degrees are receiving good preparation,
Frank Burke said.
the director of the Rise School, presented a calendar of events
to Chris Burke, after his speech in appreciation for his dedication
to the cause.
fine arts chairman for Programming Council and a Best Buddies director,
said PC and Best Buddies formally invited Rise School students and
their families because they wanted them to be inspired by what Chris
Burke said about living with Down syndrome.
something we wanted to address on this campus because there is a
huge need for volunteers, but it is more important that these families
hear what he has to say because it may be an inspiration,
a Rise School parent, said he attended the event because his 1year-old
son, Jakob, has Down syndrome and he wanted to hear Chris Burke
speak about living with a mental disability.
are not many chances to hear a personal perspective on this,