Awareness of Down’s syndrome
THE recent programme about Down’ syndrome with actress Sally Phillips sharing her experiences of being a mother of a child with Down’ syndrome was very moving.
She described it as “a type of person” which is true and is why they should not be trying to wipe out the Down’ syndrome population as it’s not the plague!
These are humans with feelings and many can now write and read and have a good understanding of what’s going on, so this is likely to have a negative impact on their self esteem when many actually just take their differences in their stride.
They have their own personalities, interests and hobbies and despite their struggles are now achieving more. Also able bodied people can learn a lot from their resilience, enthusiasm and zest for life and many seem to somehow sense other’s unspoken struggles and have a natural empathy, even if they do find some things hard.
I’m privileged to have a cousin with Down’ syndrome who brings joy to her family.
MISS TERESA CAMPBELL Fairdale Gardens Hayes