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A DownRight Amazing Christmas

A Christmas campaign has been released by DownRight Amazing and Sparkles to raise awareness for down syndrome.

Published by Mix96 News at 7:32am 7th December 2019. 2-minute read.

A DownRight Amazing Christmas

A project has been released by DownRight Amazing in Chesham and Sparkles to raise awareness of down syndrome this Christmas.

Following the success of their March campaign, 'A DownRight Amazing Christmas' will see 24 portraits of children with down syndrome released each day in the run up to Christmas Day on the projects Facebook page.

The campaign is being worked on in collaboration withe the parent-led charity Sparkles which provides speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy to pre-school children with Down Syndrome in Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas.

The project aims to increase awareness of Down's Syndrome across the county, as well as nationally and internationally through social media coverage. 

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. It is usually associated with physical growth delays, mild to moderate intellectual disability and characteristic facial features.

The projects organiser Magdalena says that awareness and understanding of Down's Syndrome is severely lacking in our society. In speaking with families involved in the campaign, a common theme is that Down's Syndrome diagnoses can be shrouded in negativity, particularly during pregnancy.

Magdalena says:

"By showing portraits of individuals with Down's Syndrome enjoying Christmas just like everybody else, our campaign aims to help create a socially inclusive and caring community, and dispel misconceptions about intellectual disabilities.

There are still many misconceptions which create barriers for people with Down's Syndrome. Our aim is to break down those barriers to help the public better understand it,  but also to support parents-to-be and families"

The portraits are available to to view on the projects facebook page here.

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