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The Willems family

The Willems family from New Zealand

Kia ora. My name is Luka Willems and I live in New Zealand. I love my family and we go on adventures together. We have been discovering new places in Aotearoa since NZ closed the borders. I would like to share our trip to Stuart Island with you. It is the smallest of New Zealand’s…
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Beatrice from Ghana

The Baah family from Ghana

I have quite a large family. My dad who is seated and my siblings with my nephews and nieces. I love them all. They make me feel special at all time. I feel very happy when I’m with the family. Thank you all for the support and making me part of this wonderful family. I…
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The Livesey family

The Livesey family from the UK

Our family consists of the gorgeous Henrietta who’s two and a half, mum Lauren, dad David and Henri’s fur-sister Agatha. Henri is doing really well with her physical development and communicates through the use of Makaton. We spend a lot of time working on exercises and activities given to us by Henri’s physio, speech therapist…
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The Karunaratne family

The Karunaratne family from Sri Lanka

We are a expat family from Sri Lanka, living in UAE and this is our story… In the year 2017 my wife Judy, our son Yehel, who was 2 years at that time, and I returned back to the UAE after a family vacation spent in Sri Lanka. Once we were back my wife told…
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The Kowalczyk family from Poland

The Kowalczyk family from Poland

Hi, I’m Maja and this is my family : Mother Ola, Father Piotr, younger sister Kasia and old cat named “Miss White”. We are living in Warsaw. I’m 23 years old. This is my last year at school, but I do not worry about my future. I am an actress and work in Teatr21. I…
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Bashir from UK

Bashir from the UK

My name is Bashir and am 27 years old. I live in London with my mum and dad. I went to mainstream school. I like Music, Dance, sport and Art. I like to travel to lots of places by train and stay in nice hotels. I went to pilgrimage in Makkah in 2014 for my…
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The Koch family from Germany

The Koch family from Germany

We are the Koch Family! A bilingual, Canadian/German family. We have two great big football playing boys and one tiny football playing little girl! Lola was diagnosed with DS at birth, which was a shock to mama and papa. We were especially concerned if Lola would be able to communicate in two languages. We didn’t…
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Seiko from Japan

Seiko from Japan

“I am Seiko. I am 40 years old. I work three days a week, at a food shop. I take music lesson once a week. I really enjoy playing the piano. I know I am not good at the piano, but the teacher said, “your piano performance is great. Because I know you are enjoying…
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Julia at Voices At The Table for Advocacy

Julia from Canada

My 25 year old daughter Julia has been very active here in Canada as an advocate. About 6 years ago, after attending a Special Olympics Leadership workshop, Julia discovered she had a “Voice” and wanted to share her voice, so she could advocate for other people who are “differently-abled”. Since then, Julia has learned to…
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The Póvoa family from Brazil

The Póvoa family from Brazil

“Hi! My name is José Jackson Down, I’m 22 years old, I’m from Rio de Janeiro – BRAZIL. I’ve done a little bit of everything, I was a helper in a mechanic shop, I sold perfume, I was a councilor and currently I dedicate myself to the performance of the King of Pop Michael Jackson.…
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