Downs Syndrome

Toddler With Down's Syndrome Gets Modelling Job After Being Rejected

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Parents

A toddler with Down’s syndrome has been featured in a Christmas advert, after he was initially rejected by a modelling agency because of his appeara...

How Other Parents Helped Me Realise A Learning Disability Is Nothing To Fear - In Fact, It's Brought Joy I Could Never Have Imagined

Tom Bachofner | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tom Bachofner

When we were first given the diagnosis, I remember going through lots of outdated, clinical information we'd found online, but what I desperately wanted to know was how the day-to-day looked, raising a child with a learning disability.

People With Down's Syndrome Answer The Questions You've Always Wanted To Ask About The Condition

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

People with Down’s syndrome are breaking down misconceptions around the condition by answering the most common questions people ask Google. The vid...

McDonald's Employee With Down's Syndrome Celebrates 30th Work Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A man with Down’s syndrome is celebrating 30 years of working at McDonald’s. Russell O’Grady was 18 years old when he went on work experience at...

Mum Photographs Kids With Down's Syndrome Once A Year For Heartwarming Reason

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has created a photo series to challenge negative perceptions of children with Down’s syndrome. Julie Willson, from New Jersey, US, said she...

This Statistic Shows We Have A Long Way To Go When It Comes To Learning Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK

Just 30% of people would feel comfortable sitting next to someone with a mild learning disability, new research has revealed. As part of their Here I ...

Watch And Learn - People With Learning Disabilities Leading The Way

Beth Britton | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

When I first began working as a dementia consultant for MacIntyre in 2013, I was struck by how their learning disability services encourage the people they are supporting to be front and centre in their work.

Life Isn't That Black And White

Laura Moore | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

Last nights BBC2 documentary 'A World Without Down's Syndrome?' has already raised a lot of questions before it was even aired and although my son doesn't have Downs syndrome it is still something which affected me during my pregnancy and the issues surrounding it continue to affect me today.

Living With Mosaic Down's Syndrome

Dr Joanna Mitchell | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Joanna Mitchell

We eat cake and drink tea and I feel strangely at ease with this person who I have not seen for 25 years. What a life, what a trooper. She's worked hard to overcome stigma, to get ahead, to bounce back and to be who she is, who she really is.

Sally Phillips' Documentary On Down's Syndrome Sparks Abortion And Screening Debate

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Sally Phillips’ documentary about Down’s syndrome has sparked intense debate. ‘A World Without Down’s Syndrome’, which aired on 5 October, s...

The Pre-Natal Screening Debate Requires An Updated Perspective

Jamie McCallum | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Parents
Jamie McCallum

What is true, is that when you provide absolute clarity to expectant mothers on one hand, whilst allowing ignorance to prevail on the other, the outcome is guaranteed because the game is rigged one-way.

Sally Phillips Explores Why The Down's Syndrome Is Viewed As 'So Dreadful'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Sally Phillips’ son Olly is just like any kid. He likes ice cream and Barcelona football club. He’s energetic, loves to laugh and can often be fou...

But Think About The Siblings - Screening For Down's Syndrome

Beckie Saunders | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Parents
Beckie Saunders

There will always be room for Alice in our home if she wants to come and stay for a while or live with us longer term. The same offer will be open to my younger brother if he wants to base himself with us and we'll always come to the aid of my sister and her husband if they need us.

They're Not All Like Her You Know...

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Parents
Hayley Goleniowska

'They', a sub set, a type that is expected to be a certain way, more alike each other than the rest of 'us' or even their own families. 'They' refers to a stereotype that our daughter has just challenged in the mind of the speaker by being herself. Something within has stirred, a deep fear has arisen, an uncomfortable ignorance of 'them'.

Sally Phillips On The Pressure To Abort Babies With Down's Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Parents

Sally Phillips has claimed pregnant women come under pressure to abort babies with Down’s syndrome. The ‘Bridget Jones Baby’ actress and mum-of-...

McDonald's Throws Huge Retirement Party For Employee With Down's Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

After 32 years of working in McDonalds, Freia David decided it was time to retire. So to thank her for all her hard work, the fast food chain threw Da...

Woman With Down's Syndrome Defies All Odds To Celebrate 75th Birthday

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Frances Gillett, who is believed to be the oldest woman in the world with Down’s syndrome, has just celebrated her 75th birthday. Gillett celebrated...

Kids' Brilliant Plan To Ensure Friend With Down's Syndrome Won The Race

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents

A group of schoolchildren hatched a clever plan to ensure their friend with Down’s syndrome would win a race during sports day. The pupils, from Chr...

Mum Blogger Writes Emotional Post About How The Word 'Retard' Affects Disabled Families

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has written a blog post reminding people of the impact using the word ‘retard’ as a joke has on disabled families. Parent blogger Constance ...

Mum's Response When Son With Down's Syndrome Was Left Out Of Birthday Party

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents

A mum whose son with Down's syndrome was the only child in his class not to be invited to a birthday party has penned a powerful response on Facebook....

Mum In Tears After Stranger 'Recognised Worth' Of Daughter With Down's Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has shared a touching story of how a stranger left her in tears by "recognising the worth" of her daughter with Down's syndrome. Pam De Almeida,...

Mum Of Daughter With Down's Syndrome Writes Poignant Letter To Doctor

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has written a powerful open letter to the doctor who she claims told her to "abort" her daughter with Down's syndrome. Courtney Williams Bake...

Green Tea Could Improve Brain Function For People With Down's Syndrome, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Drinking green tea may improve some of the intellectual capabilities in people with Down's syndrome, new research suggests. The study found that epiga...

Changing the Game for Players With Down's Syndrome

Cara Jessop | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Cara Jessop

Our inspiration for making these games is of course our brother Tommy. He was always a pretty good learner, with a fantastic mind for curious facts and ludicrous jokes, but maths was one of the last things to click and we noticed how this impacted on his independence right up to his late twenties.

What Are the Five Essential Qualities of a Campaigner?

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Hayley Goleniowska

The beauty of being an intermittent Radio 4 listener means that I often find the answers to pertinent situations in life precisely when I am not seeki...