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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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Scott with his family

Scott from the US

Scott Kuebler has a December 14, 1980 birthdate. Scott has Down syndrome. He has also been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and he is a COVID-19 survivor. He moved back in with Ron and Margot (Dad and Mom) last June. Scott is an Eagle Scout, Silver Award for Venturing, Vigil Honor member of Tsali Lodge…
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The Amin-ud-Din family from Pakistan

The Amin-ud-Din family from Pakistan

My story begins 19 years ago when two very courageous people Syed Amin-ud-Din and Dr. Iffet Sultana chose to accept my differences and vowed to love and cherish me just as any child should be loved. I am Syeda Alishba Amin-ud-Din and today I am an artist, a social entrepreneur, a Francophone, a disability rights…
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The Brynard family

The Brynard family from South Africa

My name is Sheri Brynard and I am 39 years old. I live in South Africa and my home language is Afrikaans. When Afrikaans people celebrate something, we usually enjoy a barbeque outside. When we were little, my father Jerry played golf and watched rugby on Saturdays, while my mother took us on outings. She…
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The Burde family

Pranay and his family from India

I am Pranay Burde, a 33 year old living in Mumbai, India. My family I live with my parents, two brothers one elder and one younger, sister-in-law and eight year old nephew. We are a strong family of seven. We family members all together get involved in almost all activities concerning family matters. My family…
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