Listen to This Triathlete Explain What the R-Word Means to Him


We wrote about Sean Bogart, a triathlete with Down syndrome, a few weeks ago. Bogart, 28, is competing in the Special Olympics in New Jersey this June. He’s also the star of his aunt and uncle’s upcoming documentary, “Sean So Far.” 

In the newly released excerpt below, Bogart talks about self-respect, using the “R” word and what it means to be true to yourself. As someone who has faced a stigma surrounding disability his whole life, his words are especially powerful.

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