Wednesday, 5 April 2017

People with Down syndrome


Ben and Co’s inspiring story to fill gap in community
Gearja Ryan, The Daily Examiner, 27 March 2017
Ben Hunter beams as he bakes and sells an impressive range of muffins, biscuits and slices at local markets. The 20-year-old, who is non-verbal and has Down syndrome, develops his produce in his own commercial kitchen, with his NDIS support workers, Sarah and Nandi, and his mum, Carolyn ...

News Beat (BBC), 22 March 2017
A teenager with Down's syndrome has addressed the United Nations in Geneva to call for more equality. Kathleen Humberstone spoke out against discrimination during the event marking World Down's syndrome day ...
In My Own Words: Miles Evans
People with Down Syndrome, 8 March 2017
Miles Evans has won numerous awards for his photography, and has presented his work at shows. He also sells his framed photos and photocards. For Down Syndrome Awareness month this year, proceeds from his sales went to benefit the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and the National Association for Down Syndrome ...

Down's Syndrome woman to present weather on French TV after winning hearts
Oliver Gee, The Local, 3 March 2017
Mélanie's dream has always been to be a weather presenter on TV - and that dream is about to become a reality after her social media campaign went viral ...

Born With Down Syndrome, Shy Teen Competes In Bodybuilding
Joanne Kimberlin, The Virginian-Pilot/TNS, 27 February 2017
Life hasn’t been easy for Jon Atkins. Born with Down syndrome, he deals with a lot of just-can’t-dos. It took years to learn to count to 10. At 19, he’s able to read 30 or so words. Fine motor skills — buttoning a shirt — remain frustrating.

But Jon is no quitter, and he’s found something he’s pretty good at: bodybuilding ...


We have posted an earlier link to an article about Kaleigh William's half-marathon. It is good to see it featured in Runners' World as well:

Runner With Down Syndrome Dances Her Way Through Half Marathon Finish Line
Heather Mayer Irvine,  Runners' World, 24 February 2017
The course had been packed up for hours. Most spectators were long gone. Every single half marathoner had collected his or her race medal and headed to a celebratory brunch. All but one.

Kayleigh Williamson, 26, crossed the Austin Half Marathon Finish Line in 6:22:56, making her the first person with Down syndrome to complete the Texas race.

“I kept going,” Williamson told Runner’s World by phone. “[When] I hit the finish line I was proud of myself. My friend got me pretty nice flowers.

About Down's Syndrome : Daniel
Down's Syndrome Association (UK)
My name is Daniel. I want to tell you about my Duke of Edinburgh Silver award ...

We Can
Same but Different
A UK photography project that aims '... to promote greater awareness of the huge amounts that can be achieved by adults with learning difficulties and children with complex needs. In the “We can. ...” project we will use photography to capture powerful images, video’s and written pieces to tell their stories. 
Two people with Down syndrome are included so far:  Mark and Kate

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