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Emma Bishop is 40. She has a boyfriend, a job, loves reading, and is godmother to her niece Annabella. She also has Down’s syndrome. This Saturday (21 March) is World Down Syndrome Day, a chance to raise awareness, champion inclusion and celebrate the people with Down’s syndrome who play a vital role in our lives […]
The film is about two teenage boys, both named Sam, who meet at the swings each week to escape their dysfunctional home lives, and slowly fall in love.
‘The Good Hawk is an epic, fantasy adventure set in a mythic version of Scotland where fearsome warriors, magical creatures, and deadly secrets lurk in every shadow. One of the two protagonists is a fifteen-year old girl called Agatha. She is funny, kind, impulsive and loyal, and she also happens to have Down’s syndrome. The novel […]
Joseph Elliott is an actor and writer. You may recognise him from the CBeebies series, Swashbuckle, playing ‘Cook’. In February 2020, he has released his first novel, The Good Hawk, in which the main character has Down’s syndrome, however the novel is not about Down’s syndrome. Below, Joseph has written a blog telling us more […]
Ian Davies is a filmmaker and he is also father to Finn, Amber and Olivia. Amber and Olivia are 10-year-old twins, and Amber has Down’s syndrome. Ian has spent the last four years documenting their journey through school. His feature-length documentary film Amber and Me is about to be released in cinemas across the country. The film […]
In case you have missed the buzz, the film ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ has been released today in cinemas. The star of the film is a young man called Zack Gottsagen. The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure. It also stars Shia LaBeouf as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins […]
2019 is passing very quickly and as we are between issues of The Journal we thought we’d gather together some news that might not have yet reached you yet.
The Down’s Syndrome Association is appalled and horrified following the BBC’s Panorama investigation into the treatment of people with learning disabilities at Whorlton Hall. Our Chief Executive Carol Boys said: “The way that we are treating people with a learning disability in the UK today is a national disgrace. We have not learnt any lessons […]
Today sees the culmination of coordinated work across the DSA with the submission of our response to The Department of Health and Social Care consultation on mandatory learning disability training for health and care professionals. For a long while now we have been concerned about the variability in quality of healthcare individuals with Down’s syndrome […]