The best way to promote awareness of Down syndrome is for people with Down syndrome to share their own stories in their own words.
So here goes…
My name is Morgan. I am Indonesian, 22 years old. I speak 3 languages: Indonesian, French and English.
During the COVID-19 pandemic I co-wrote guidelines on Covid-19 in simple language. My mum and I have been running weekly classes with me as her class assistant. I had 3 months training and if you know my mum you would believe that it was not an easy training that she gave me! But now I can be proud of my self because I get paid by the organization for what I do in class.
My story as self-advocate was featured and published in October 2020 in a book called Narrative Power Collective Action Part 2. I am the only human rights activist with an intellectual disability featured in the book with other 29 social activists from all over the world.
My name is Kate. I would like to share one of my memories with you. Back in 2012 I was a member of the Greater London Special Olympic Swimming team. That year the Great Britain 10K race was being held in London and one of their chosen charities was the Special Olympics. I was asked to represent the Special Olympics and join the celebrities on board an open topped London bus which was at the start of the race in Picadilly. Before the race I was invited to have breakfast at the Ritz hotel with Deputy Mayor of Westminster who was due to start the race. What an exciting and memorable day that was.
Adit is 18 years old. He has overcome many challenges. He was late to walk and talk and when Adit was finally able to speak, it was very hard to understand what he was saying.
Beating a drum with a stick was one of the therapies that helped Adit. He has been doing this since the age of 3, and by the age of 12 he began to show great improvement and interest in his training. Adit’s skill continues to grow to such an extent that he has had several opportunities to perform on national television. Now his dream is to become a professional drummer known throughout the world.