Aware­ness of Down’s syn­drome

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

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

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