Downs Syndrome

Dear Mum-to-be, Let's Talk about Down's Syndrome

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK
Hayley Goleniowska

I, for one, think the world will be a much less joyful place if we seek to eradicate Down's syndrome. We will lose an honesty, simplicity and beauty that we can ill afford to live without. I will not judge you, whatever path you take, but I know that there is no test for the bright, feisty, gorgeous young lady in our family.

Dad's Photos Of Son Flying Hope To Raise Awareness For Down's Syndrome

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When photographer Alan Lawrence first learned that his newborn son Wil had Down's Syndrome, he was shocked. "It felt as though he would put limits ...

Teens Share Incredible Prom Message To Challenge Down's Syndrome Prejudice

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A high school student and her best friend have spoken out against bullies with an inspiring and heartwarming photo message. Mikenzy Snell and her f...

This Man's Special Proposal Is The Most Romantic Thing You'll See Today

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A man with Down's Syndrome has starred in the most heartwarming video you'll see today, presenting his long-term girlfriend Caterina with a key to the...

Why 2015's World Down's Syndrome Day Is So Important

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Despite the fact that around 775 babies are born with Down's Syndrome in the UK each year, many people still struggle to understand the condition. ...

Man With Down's Syndrome Overwhelmed With Job-Seeking Help After Twitter Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A trained chef who was struggling to find paid work has finally received two job offers since his stepmother Fiona Hodge started a Twitter campaign. ...

Devoted Step-Mum Hopes To Find Work For Step-Son With Down's Syndrome

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A devoted step-mum has launched a Twitter campaign to find meaningful employment for her step-son Ben, who has Down's Syndrome. Ben, 26, is a train...

15 Things Having a Sibling with a Learning Disability Has Taught Me

Beckie Saunders | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Beckie Saunders

The best time to read is late at night when you ought to be going to sleep. Don't let that stop you though, illicit reading when your parents have told you to turn your light out is the best kind of reading.

Basketball Players Stop Game To Defend Bullied Cheerleader With Down's Syndrome

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A group of schoolboys at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wisconsin have hit headlines for a heartwarming display of solidarity with a cheerleader wh...

Adam Levine Calms Young Starstruck Fan In The Cutest Way

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Maroon 5's Adam Levine made a young fan's dream come true when he invited him backstage to hang out with the band at a recent show. Ten-year-old Ch...

Now It's Time for London Fashion Week to Embrace Disabled Models

Laura Richter | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Richter

Brands entice consumers by selling not just the clothes but the aspirational lifestyle. However, my lifestyle as a disabled woman has never been considered by them, so how am I supposed to form a relationship with a fashion brand the way they want a consumer to?

The Power of Words (And Why I Support 'Spread the Word to End the Word')

Beckie Saunders | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beckie Saunders

Often I hear "They're just words!" "I didn't mean anything by them!" "I wasn't talking about an actual person!", I understand that. The word has been absorbed into popular culture, but that doesn't make it acceptable.

Father Refuses To Give His Baby With Down's Syndrome Up For Adoption

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Like most new fathers, Samuel Forrest was beyond excited meet his son, but he had no idea just how much that first encounter would change his life. ...

Man With Down's Syndrome Receives 30,000 Birthday Cards

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A man with Down's Syndrome has received 30,000 birthday cards from well wishers around the world after his mother made a touching Facebook appeal. ...

Dear Past Generation Mum of a Child With Down's Syndrome

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

I cannot judge you, though many do. For you are one of the few that braved the storm, paved the way, created change for those of us who came later, whether you realise it or not. Your resolve has taken a battering, you cannot let go of the dream of a simpler life, yet it is precisely this lack of acceptance that has pushed you to your very limits.

12 Common Misconceptions About Down's Syndrome

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

Saying, 'didn't you have testing?' shows their underlying belief that if we had, we would have terminated the pregnancy, as 92% of prospective parents with an antenatal diagnosis do. Put another way, this question makes me think that you believe the baby I am holding in my arms shouldn't be here.

Changing the Face of Back to School Advertising

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

Gone are the notions, in this country at least, of individuals with Trisomy 21, as it is also known, not being worthy of lovely clothes, of having to wear hard-wearing institution garments, of shameful regulation haircuts, of being 'put away and forgotten' as they were segregated from society in institutions.

Dawkins Apologises After Offending Parents Of Babies With Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK

Richard Dawkins has issued a half apology after claiming it would be "immoral" to carry on with a pregnancy if the mother knew the foetus had Down Syn...

Dear Richard Dawkins, You Are Wrong

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

Hold your horses just one moment Mr Dawkins. I think perhaps you are confusing non-essentialist, humanist thinking with a loss of humanity here. You are so very wrong on every single count above that it would be eye-rollingly laughable if it weren't so hurtful and damaging. Adults with Down's syndrome are reading your outdated and bigoted views. Yes, they read, and have opinions and feelings, just like you.

Parents Of Down's Babies Are Seriously Livid With Richard Dawkins

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK

Parents of children with Down's Syndrome have issued a stinging rebuke to Richards Dawkins' assertion that expectant mothers should abort their foetus...

Hypocrites Over Our Reaction to Abandoned Baby Gammy?

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

The story of Gammy, the young twin apparently abandoned by his parents and left in Thailand with his surrogate mother, caused almost universal outrage last week... I couldn't help but wonder at the media fury against this couple. There was something slightly hypocritical in its tone.

'We Probably Would Have Aborted Him' Admit Parents Of Down's Syndrome Baby Gammy

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

The parents of a little boy who was reportedly abandoned to his surrogate mother because he has Down’s syndrome have spoken out. David and Wendy...

Gammy's Mother Begs 'Give My Baby Back' After Abuse Allegations

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK

Baby Gammy’s Thai surrogate mother has said the boy’s twin sister should be sent back to her as details emerged that the father of the baby served...

Moral Judgement: Please Use Responsibly

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

The case of the Australian couple who have taken the twin, but not the Downs syndrome sibling from the surrogate Thai mother, which has been in the news this week raises some interesting ethical issues. I don't mean to comment directly on that case here because the facts of that particular case are far from clear. The only thing that is clear is that it is very sad that it has happened. But what were the alternatives?

Couple Accused Of Abandoning Down's Baby Face Worrying New Accusations

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK

The Australian man at the centre of the Thai surrogate abandoned baby row is facing allegations that he served a prison sentence for multiple convicti...