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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

People with Down syndrome online and in other media

The Melbourne dance crew changing perceptions of young people with Down syndrome
9 News, 8th August 2015 (video)
A not-for-profit Melbourne dance ensemble will soon travel across the world to raise awareness for people with Down syndrome.

Kew-based group e.motion21 is a volunteer organisation which offers dance and fitness programs for children and young adults born with the condition.

More than 20 dancers from the group will soon perform in front of thousands at the World Down Syndrome Congress in India, where they will work to remove any stigma associated with disability ...

Finding her way: Paso Robles woman with Down syndrome is college-bound
Tonya Strickland, The Tribune, 31st July 2015
When Tricia Alessi graduated from Paso Robles High School in 2008, she watched her younger sister, Gina, go off to college.

It was then that Tricia, who has Down syndrome, asked, “ ‘Why can’t I go to college?’ ” said her mom, Cecile Alessi.

“We looked at each other, and I said, ‘I don’t know why you can’t.’ So we found a way.”

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This 25-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Just Published His First Book
Rachel Kassenbrock, The Mighty, 27th July 2015
Marcus Sikora has a flare for the creative. The 25-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, has acted in school productions and wrote and produced a one-act stage performance in cooperation with a local high school.

Sikora also has Down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving something that would be impressive for any 25-year-old. As of June 2015, he can add “published author” to his list of accomplishments ...

An animated short version of the book, which Marcus Sikora wrote, directed and voices for one of the characters, will be released on DVD around October 1 (trailer below). A “Black Day” music video is also in the works. In the meantime, Sikora is already contemplating the book’s sequel.

ADA at work: Two girls with Down syndrome honored at White House summit
Trisha Thadani, USA TODAY, 25th July 2015
... Just a few days before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 celebrates its 25th anniversary Sunday, the two girls walked into the White House on Thursday, joined by about 140 other college-bound students for Michelle Obama's 2015 Beating the Odds Summit. This summit was a part of the first lady's Reach Higher initiative, in which she encourages students to overcome their struggles and continue their education past high school ...

Oliver's Wildlife and Landscape Photography BookWendy Carroll, IndieGoGo - current
We are raising funds to create Oliver's first official coffee table book, showcasing his remarkable photographic skills and improving positive awareness around Down Syndrome ...

This crowd funding campaign has surpassed its goal (although it remains open) - we are posting this link to let the many people who know and love Oliver Hellowell's work that a book is coming. The first edition of 1000 copies is already selling fast on pre-orders. Congratulations Oliver!

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