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Ted from United Kingdom

Ted from the United Kingdom

When Ted was born in 2016 the sadness and pity from healthcare professionals were overwhelming. He was a postnatal diagnosis and it was a total surprise to all of us. The days and weeks following his birth were dark times for me, if the midwife was sorry, if I needed a side room, if the…
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Miguel from Argentina

Miguel from Argentina

Miguel Tomasín, a musician with Down syndrome and a member of the Argentinian experimental band Reynols, was recently honoured for his role in increasing the visibility of artists with intellectual disabilities. Miguel was granted the Henry Viscardi Achievement Award – one of the most prestigious prizes for inclusion. Each year, the award is given to select individuals…
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Anvi from India

Anvi from India

Anvi is a highly successful yoga trainer – known across her country as “the rubber girl of India”. She can do more than 200 types of Yogasana and 75 Surynamskar (Sun salutation) postures. From a young age, Anvi trained alongside her peers and competed in the district, state and national yoga competitions. She has won…
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Johannes from South Africa

Johannes from South Africa

I am Johannes. I live in South Africa Inclusion means that I can have a job with a salary at the University of Pretoria. I have colleagues and friends at work and in the community where I live. It meant that I had to start by going to an ordinary playgroup, nursery school, primary school…
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Zeke from Mauritius

Zeke from Mauritius

My name is Jean Daniel, aka Zeke. I am a young man with Down syndrome living in Mauritius. Growing up, I attended a mainstream school and although I could not complete my education, I later attended a vocational training centre. Unfortunately, the system was not adapted to my needs and I eventually had to stay…
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Sujeet from US

Sujeet from the United States

Greetings! Happy Holidays 2021 and a Happy New Year 2022! This is our 2nd Holiday season that the shadows of COVID-19 sadly still chasing & scaring us all. Let us continue to join and help each other to keep our spirits high, through ….  Those beats of “THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY “  singing “ CAROL OF THE BELLS…
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Morgan from Indonesia

Morgan from Indonesia

Morgan says, “I hope to be more listened, included and respected in employment in 2022”. The best way to promote awareness of Down syndrome is for people with Down syndrome to share their own stories in their own words. If you have a message that you would like to share with the world, please click…
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Luka from New Zealand

Luka from New Zealand

Luka Willems says “Meri Kirihimete”, Merry Christmas from Āotearoa. “We celebrate in the summer with BBQ’s, beaches and Pavlova and the Pohutakawa Trees, our NZ Christmas tree are in bloom. I have made a Christmas YouTube clip for you. Enjoy and have a fun Christmas from Luka” The best way to promote awareness of Down…
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Yura from Russia

Yura from Russia

I met Yura a year ago. We immediately became friends. Who could not when you see a sincere open smile of a good man. Yure 50 years old. He has lived all his life in the village. He helped his mother, who had a large farm and five children. When his mother died, he came…
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Angela from Malta

Angela from Malta

Angela is one of 4 young people to receive the Artivisti award for activism in the arts awarded by the Arts Council Malta with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ (Malta’s national youth agency). Angela will receive mentorship from one of Malta’s best-known children’s authors, as well as a €4000 grant toward her project. Her project is called “Changing Perceptions”, and…
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