When Vivian Green’s sultry vocals hit the scene in 2002, her debut single, “Emotional Roller Coaster,” became an instant classic. Since then, the Philly-born singer, songwriter, and actress has successfully rode the ups and downs of the entertainment industry. Her sixth studio album, VGVI (pronounced vee-gee-six), will be released on October 6. Beyond the music, one of her greatest roles for the last 12 years has been being a mother to her son, Jordan Green, who is special needs.

“My son was born with an unknown syndrome that affects his bones,” Green shares in a new PSA videofor the #IamDifferentIamHuman campaign.

“He’s 12 years old now, which is amazing because they told me he would not live past a week. They also told me he wouldn’t be able to do all the things that he can do.”

Green’s organization “I am different, I am Human” brings awareness to the 57 million people in the U.S. who have a special need or disability.

In the video, Green shares that one of the things that has impacted her most as Jordan’s mother is the fact that he’s such a normal kid, despite the reactions that he receives from others in public.

“People look at me and they wonder why I’m different,” Jordan says in the PSA.

WATCH: Vivian Green in I Am Different, I Am Human PSA


Even in this day when people who have special needs or a disability make up nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population, there is still stigma, pointing, staring and ridiculing when they go out into public, explains Green.