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Rei with her family

The Riza family from Indonesia

We live in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia. Our little family feels complete with the presence of our two children. The first child is a boy and the second child is a girl who was born with Down syndrome. Allah, the Lord of the Universe, gave us confidence with the presence of this little one who…
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Magdalena from Uruguay

Magdalena from Uruguay

Hi. My name’s Magdalena Cosco Viola. I’m 21 years old. I live in Montevideo, Uruguay, with my family. I have a brother and a sister. I’m studying at the University of Beaux Arts. This is my second year and the major is Contemporary Dance. I’ve been taking contemporary dance classes since I was 7. This…
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The Promise family

The Promise family from Nigeria

I a Clinical psychologist from Nigeria. My son Justice was diagnosed of Down syndrome at birth. He is now 3 years and 6 months. With early training, my son can do about everything! Although he still struggles to speak, he has developed sign language that he uses to communicate with family members and strangers. He…
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Stephen from US

Stephen from the US

This is Stephen Morgan. He lives in Florida, USA. Every day is a true gift with him! He is one of the most caring, funny, kind, lovable people you will meet!. He competes in swimming, golf, basketball and soccer with Special Olympics. He really loves spending time with his team mates. He enjoys going to…
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Farzana with her sister Ferozia

The Bachooa sisters from Mauritius

My name is Farzana Bachooa and I am 42 years old. My parents passed away when I was younger and I have been living with my sister Ferozia for as long as i can remember. Ferozia lives with her husband Jaffar and her two children – Zahra and Sheeraad. When I was a child, people…
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The Campbell family

Shari and her family from the UK

Shari is 14 years old and lives with her mom and dad in London, UK. Shari has Down syndrome, autism, and associated learning difficulties. Shari made overall developmental progress in recent years based on activities she does at home, working in conjunction with her school teachers. Shari attends a special school 6 miles from home…
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Paige

The Goddard family from New Zealand

My daughter, Paige was diagnosed with Trisomy 21 at birth. At first my husband and I were so scared about what the future may hold. But now, almost 2 years on and Paige is an absolute delight! She lights up the world with her laughter and smiles truly are her super power. She waves at…
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Mohammed

Mohammed and his family from Yemen

Hi, I’m Osamah from Yemen. My little brother has Down syndrome. His name is Mohammed, he is 2 years old, and he was born with health issues. Mohammed currently he needs surgery. My little brother’s health is going down every day. He gets sick with fever monthly, has difficulty breathing and he is often sick.…
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The Shamsutdinova family from Uzbekistan

Oscar and his family from Uzbekistan

Anisa Shamsutdinova’s life was planned, as in a training manual: school, institute, marriage, pregnancy, the birth of a son, a second pregnancy, the birth of a second son. And then everything turned upside down. At the hospital, upon discharge, they said: “You need a consultation with a geneticist, we suspect this child has Down syndrome.…
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Son of Rehab Malouf

The Malouf family from Syria

Hello, I am Rehab. I am a mother of two girls and a boy with Down syndrome. When first I’d known about my boy’s situation I was very affected, even I quit my job. The doctor told me he needed urgent heart surgery. We didn’t hesitate to give him the chance of life. After that,…
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