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It Starts With A Voice
Beau & Bitty Wright with their Daddy, Ben
Beau & Bitty Wright with their Daddy, Ben
It Starts With A Voice

Beau and Bitty are best friends. They are biological siblings who happen to both have Down syndrome. They love the beach, dancing to music, reading books and just hanging out with each other and our family. Beau & Bitty’s two older sisters, Lillie and Emma Grace, are helping us promote our family’s mission to help spread a message of inclusion and acceptance. Their mission has led us to write and record a song called "It Starts With A Voice." We recently debuted the song at a benefit concert we organized in Wilmington, NC where 100% of the concert proceeds were donated to the Special Olympics' "Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign. Both Lillie and Emma Grace hosted the concert and shared with the audience their heart-filled message of the importance of respect. Our family's mission continues, as the song is now available for download on iTunes, where a percentage of each sale will be donated to the same cause. This summer, we will travel to several national conventions including the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention, Best Buddies International Leadership Conference and the Annual APSE Conference, where we will perform the song, “It Starts With a Voice.” This is just the beginning of the our family’s journey to help “Spread the Word to End the Word” by sharing this song and our message with the world.




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Jaap, Netherlands,
2/20/2014 5:32:20 PM
can you send us the lyrics of " it starts with a voice"

Patti Cavanaugh, United States, IN
08/05/2012 23:11:10
very touching and a message that still needs repeating

Shannon Bordeaux, United States, NC
06/27/2012 16:06:17
Great story and what a wonderful way to help this cause. Best wishes to you all during your travel this summer to all the conventions!

Crystal whittemore, United States, NC
06/27/2012 10:38:25
Great story!

Nancy E Jenkins, United States, NC
06/26/2012 08:03:46
I have had the privilege of working with Beau for the past two years. He is truly an inspiration to others so well as his amazing family!!!!

Amy Stone, United States, GA
06/25/2012 22:32:55
Can't wait to meet your beautiful family later this week Ben!

Gary Neil Gupton, United States, NC
06/25/2012 17:33:23
Thank you for all you are doing. I worked for over 10 years directly with a man born with fragile X syndrome, assisting him in classes through CFCC in which we worked with other students living and learning with Downs Syndrome. Some of the best times of my life - I love each one of those special people. God has truly blessed you and us.

Rae Ellen Francis, United States, NC
06/25/2012 14:31:27
Behind you all the way!

Beth Stewart, United States, VA
06/25/2012 11:22:47
yes!!!!!

Elena Wright, United States, NC
06/25/2012 09:25:09
Wonderful story. People who think there is a wide chasm between people need to recognize the gulf between human and God, and yet He loves us. These people understand what's important in life.

Annie Miller, United States, NC
06/25/2012 07:28:17
What an AMAZING family! The Wrights walk, live and breathe their faith and love. I am humbled in their presence and challenged to share even part of that love with my family and friends around me.

ALBERT EHLE, United States, WA
06/25/2012 00:15:08
Great

andrew palermo, United States, CA
06/24/2012 22:43:31
Thank you Amy and Ben for sharing the message of acceptance for those of us who are a little different. May the world embrace those differences and surround them with love!

Amanda Garrett, United States, NC
06/23/2012 12:02:13
This family is AMAZING!

Renee Zukerman, United States, NC
06/23/2012 08:09:59
All the Wright stuff.

Jill Johnson, United States, IN
06/22/2012 20:52:44
Amazing!

Edwin & Linda Wright, United States, FL
06/22/2012 16:26:11
We loved Ben's voice and the words really tell a wonderful story.

Susan B Mullins, United States, NC
06/22/2012 14:49:20
yes!

Andrew Fallis, United States, NC
06/22/2012 09:57:57
Spread The Word To End The Word!

Greenhut Judy, United States, NC
06/22/2012 09:54:08
This is truly a beautiful family!

Terrie Boggs, United States, CO
06/21/2012 01:41:14
What an inspiration and example you are setting for so many. I love how you embrace the gifts God has given you and then use that understanding, patience and love to encourage others.

Athena Poulos, United States, NC
06/21/2012 00:08:19
What an amazing family! Truly inspirational! I am truly blessed to have been Beau's teacher for the past few years and loved getting to know this family. Thank you for being a voice!

Adrienne Reiswerg, United States, IN
06/20/2012 22:27:08
Beau and Britty have a proud grandma in Jo. Wishing you all peace, health and happiness.

Bethany Nay, United States, NC
06/20/2012 22:14:50
Their concert was amazing! This family is an inspiration to everyone! I have loved being Beau's teacher and getting to know sweet Bitty!!

rose alexander, United States, NC
06/20/2012 20:24:08
We had to be out of town the weekend of the concert. We were so sorry to have missed it. This is a beautiful family. They share their talents with the community putting on dance and craft classes for our children.

Kathy Meyer, United States, NC
06/20/2012 18:16:41
Every member of this talented family is on a mission of inclusion and acceptance. I was one of many at their fundraiser concert who took a vow to help end the r... word and replace it with respect for one another. This is the message that defines the Wright family. Please be inspired by hearing their song on i Tunes.

Jayne Davis, United States, NC
06/20/2012 13:20:18
Thanks for being a voice!

Mary Klein, United States, NC
06/20/2012 12:36:17
We saw the benefit concert in Wilmington, it was wonderful. Thank you Amy and Ben. Mary

Tracy Wood, United States, NC
06/20/2012 11:41:16
A beautiful family and a beautiful story. Love them!

Rachel Donley, United States, NC
06/20/2012 11:37:39
Such an amazing family! Lily and Emma Grace you 2 are the sweetest, most caring young ladies I've EVER known! I am so proud of you all!!!!

Jeff Gage, United States, NC
06/20/2012 11:28:40
Wow! What an amazing song and an amazing family. Truly an inspiration.

Joe Owen, United States, NC
06/20/2012 11:12:35
The Wright's are an amazing family making a difference in this world!

Jo Trakimas, United States, IN
06/20/2012 11:11:30
This sincere effort by the Wright family seeks to educate the world about respect for every human being through acceptance and inclusion. Music is the universal language and the words to this beautiful melody speak so strongly to every heart. By downloading it from iTunes for $.99, I get to hear it and become inspired over and over again. The world should hear this song. Thank you to the Wright family.

Heather Love, United States, FL
06/20/2012 11:00:30
Good luck!

Bill Lesser, United States, VA
06/20/2012 10:53:21
This is a beautiful story of a remarkable family. How heartwarming it is to see cherished sibling relationships, build strength within a family that is spread beyond to the wider community. What could be a better testament to the importance of a loving family?

Ian Warren, United States, ID
06/20/2012 10:28:21
Way to go Amy and family! You're making the world a better place!

Amy Wright, United States, NC
06/20/2012 09:26:56
Our song, "It Starts With A Voice" is now available for download on iTunes. This is the direct link to purchase it. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/it-starts-with-a-voice-single/id531908118?ign-mpt=uo%3D4 A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign.

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