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Noah and family

Noah and family from the United Kingdom

I’m a first-time parent to Noah. My husband and I were told how ‘different’ it was going to be compared to having a baby without Down syndrome. We heard this a lot, thankfully not from any medical professionals but from friends and family mostly. We never quite understood what they meant. Being our first child,…
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Lia and Theo

Lia and Theo from the United Kingdom

Hello!! My name is Theo, and I’m brother to 13-year-old Lia, who has Down’s syndrome. Lia is a crazy burst of joy in my life. From her Nutella moustaches to silly WhatsApp messages, to her seriously powerful ability to turn me inside out in a tickle fight, I love it all. It’s quite hard to…
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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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My son

Margaret, a mother from Kenya

I am a mother of a 21-year-old son with Down syndrome. Being in the teaching profession has exposed me to the details of Down syndrome and how to handle the situation. Unfortunately, I have encountered misery with regard to policy and practice with regard to children with Down syndrome. In 2022, I wish to begin…
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Henrietta from the United Kingdom

Henrietta from the United Kingdom

Next year in 2022 we’re looking forward to getting back to all of those things we missed out on during lockdown, most notably, swimming and holidays abroad. Henrietta is an absolute water baby and loves creating a splash! We can’t wait to get her back in the swimming pool or on a beach and see…
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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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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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