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HUGGING THE POPE - By Bridget Brown

A dream came true for me when met Pope Francis and hugged him on Oct 21st in Rome. I blessed him and he blessed me and then he reached out to hug me. He told me he thought I was a prayer warrior and then he asked me to pray for him and said he would pray for me as well. I told him "Thank you for all you do for the world and for including people with disabilities and thank you for helping and caring for all people especially unborn babies with Down syndrome".  

Pope Francis is such a joyful man with a huge smile and heart. I am so grateful to have met him in person and I could feel his love and care for the world. I was in Rome for an international conference on behalf of persons with disabilities. That was initiated by the Pope as part of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.  The official conference title was Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities: a necessary engagement in the daily pastoral life of the church. I was invited with my parents to attend the conference as part of the US delegation under the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities ~ Where faith and disability meet. 

I gave Pope Franc
is a book called BEAUTIFUL SOULS about the dignity of life for people with Down syndrome along with a letter I wrote to the people of Iceland from the perspective of a person with Down syndrome. My letter addressed the horrible fact that they are leading the way in terminating all unborn babies with Down syndrome. I gave him a wonderful letter from my friend Cindi May advocating for the inclusion of children with disabilities in Catholic education and a packet of notes from 3rd graders.

The conference was very informative and most of the speakers addressed the dignity of life for all people. The general message was that churches and places of worship should include all people and make sure they belong. This can be done by welcoming everyone, accommodating for specific needs, and supporting one another. One of my favorite parts of the conference was meeting other folks with disabilities. I was especially thrilled to meet a contemplative community of religious sisters with Down syndrome from the Petite Soeurs Disciples de L'agneau in Le Blanc, France. The nuns with Down syndrome who were there shared a little about their story and their contemplative life.

Seeing the Pope was the most remarkable thing I have ever experienced in my life! I am so thrilled that I had the opportunity to participate in this conference. Meeting Pope Francis warmed my heart and encouraged me to continue to speak up and advocate for the inclusion of people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. 

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Bridget meets with The Petites Soeurs Disciples de L'agneau, a Contemplative Community of Religious sisters with and without Down Syndrome from Le Blanc, France.



Bridget was in Episode 7 "Double Helix" of Chicago Justice which premiered on April 2, 2017 9/8c


February 3-5, 2017
Bridget stars as Nala in Lion King, Jr through the Ups for Downs Theater Company


Chicago Channel 7 News

August 16th, 2015

Bridget interviewed for Design for America


How to make lives for people with disabilities easier is usually not a topic taught in engineering schools.
 But that's exactly what a group of students from all across the country studied here in Chicago for a weekend to try and solve a problem and generally help society.
This year, the group enlisted some special advisers.
The program is called Design for America. This past weekend, students from 29 different colleges and universities got together at Northwestern University. Every year, they choose a real-life issue and design products and services to help make living with that problem easier. This year, it's Down syndrome.

Summer 2016

Bridget stars as April in Weiner-Dog movie.


Filming took place for this independent film directed by in Long Island New York June 25th-29th. Read more about the movie here:



September 2014

Watch "I Love My Life" - a video put together by NADS ~ National Association for Down Syndrome. Bridget is on the Board of Directors



July 2014


Bridget Brown named one of the 100 Women of Inspiration in Chicago

Read about it HERE.



Bridget shows you how to navigate the PACE BUS SYSTEM


Ever wondered how to use Pace Suburban Buses? Let Advocates Bridget Brown and Tim Finnegan show you in a video series produced by JJ’s List!

READ MORE about the shooting of this video HERE.



Bridget "competes" in the Miss You Can Do It Pageant in July 2012. HBO film debuts Summer 2013

HBO made a documentary about this fabulous program for young women and girls with disabilities. It was founded by Abbey Curran and directed and produced by Ron Davis. You can watch it on HBO this summer. (2013)
About the founder: Abbey Curran never accepted her physical limitations. She admits her disability comes with lifelong challenges, but none that hold her back, playing sports (she "just falls more") and driving a car with a special steering wheel and brake. Curran's resilience and determination to pursue her dreams led her to become the first woman with disabilities to compete in the Miss USA Pageant® in 2008.

More information about HBO Documentary CLICK HERE

Pageant Information - CLICK HERE


July 10, 2012

Nancy and Bridget were honored as "Champions of Inclusion" at gala in Washington, D.C.

The National Inclusion Project and Co-founders Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel are honored Nancy and Bridget at the 9th Annual Champions Gala. Special guests Pop Icon Debbie Gibson, Late Night Legend Arsenio Hall, Rock Star Dee Snider and American Idol Ruben Studdard were there to celebrate. The event was held at the National Theater in Washington, DC on October 20, 2012.



June 24, 2012

Bridget is featured on Chicago ABC news



Special Olympics: Illinois
Bridget Brown Member of Athlete Leadership Program


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Bridget's story appears in Neighbors of Darien, a local news magazine. Read the article here.

Bridget Mary Brown…an incredible story behind an amazing woman

Posted: 2011-01-01


butterfly2Bridget makes it into the movies!

Bridget was cast in role of Lily the Miley Cyrus movie LOL. Bridget auditioned for this role in early July 2010 and got the call that she would be filming in Detroit in mid August. This is a remake of a 2008 French film called LOL: Laughing Out Loud about the peer pressures of high school in a world connected by YouTube, iTunes, and Facebook.

Bridget plays the role of a high school student with Down Syndrome who is part of a host family for teens on an exchange program to France.

The movie also stars Demi Moore, Ashley Greene and Marlo Thomas. The movie opened in theaters in May 2012. It can be found on NetFlix or Redbox.

Read more about the movie here:

LOL: Laughing Out Loud



Bridget wins Aktion Club Award

Aktion Club is the newest member of the Sponsored Organizations an Programs at Kiwanis International.

Aktion Club is a community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability.


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