Downs Syndrome

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

Laura Richter | Posted 25.02.2015 | 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 20.02.2015 | 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...

Appeal Raises Thousands After Couple Abandon Surrogate Down's Syndrome Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

Thousands of kind-hearted people have swiftly raised money for a baby who was abandoned with his surrogate mother after his parents refused to take hi...

A Food Chain of Victimhood: The Metropolitan Police, the Boy With Down's Syndrome and a Feckless Austerity

Karl Davis | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Karl Davis

Austerity, and online petitions have much in common. Both are dominant online topics, and both have a polarising effect on opinion as to whether they can ever truly yield successful outcomes. Petitions seem to be becoming the reposte of choice for those affected by the worst effects of austerity, and today I read about a case that exemplifies this brilliantly.

Down's Syndrome Teen Held By Police For 9 Hours After Going To School To Get Favourite Hat

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK

A Down's Syndrome teenager, who went to his school on the Bank Holiday to retrieve his favourite hat, was arrested, handcuffed and held for nine hours...

Touching Video To A Worried Mother Sums Up The Individuality Of Down Syndrome Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When a mother-to-be found out her baby would be born with Down Syndrome, she wanted to know what was in store for her. She sent an email to the It...

Ticking Hands of Time and 'Up Down Boy' by Sue Shields

Caroline White | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Caroline White

The minute the play started and I set eyes on the main character Matty, I felt a lump in my throat. I have no idea why, but I did. Pride I guess and maybe just an ounce of motherly protectiveness and connection coupled with the vulnerability I see within big, trusting almond shaped eyes.

Jessica Elgot

Down's Syndrome Man Faces Losing Home Amid Budget Cuts | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

David Cameron is set to be confronted by a family of a young disabled man set to be evicted from his home this December because of budget cuts that wi...

Still Learning

Caroline White | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

A couple of days ago I was holding my baby daughter in my arms and something happened that literally took my breath away. I glanced down at her and was struck by how much she looked like her oldest brother. Her eldest brother has Down's syndrome.


Caroline White | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

Each child is an equal, with their own set of strengths and weaknesses and the best job any parent can do is nurture them as individuals and make sure they are fulfilled, happy, respectful and kind.

The Irony of the Cliche

Caroline White | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

It is an overblown cliche that people with Down's syndrome are "loving and giving"... I am the first to harp on about banishing stereotypes and trying to get the message across that people with Down's syndrome are more like their parents and families than they are like each other. We are all individuals and are influenced by our experiences and those around us.

Let the Games Begin...

Caroline White | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Sport
Caroline White

Welcoming 1,700 athletes, from 12 different sports disciplines, into our beautiful city of Bath and seeing the Flame of Hope arrive to mark the start of the Games was really something more than just 'special'.