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Down's Syndrome: Rewriting the Story

01 Dec 2016

Are you looking for some inspiration as winter sets in? If so, we recommend listening online to Karen Gaffney, the first person with Down's Syndrome to give a TED talk. Here's the link: All Lives Matter

Speaking to a large audience in Portland (Oregon), Karen said: "I believe a life with Down's Syndrome is worth saying yes to." She told her listeners about the Global Down Syndrome Foundation – a ground-breaking organisation that was started about 10 years ago by a grandfather who knew nothing about Down's Syndrome before his grandchild was born with it.

The last 50 years have seen enormous changes in the quality of life and opportunities for people with Down's Syndrome. "Just imagine the future for people like me," Karen said. "We're just starting now. Every life has value. Every life matters, regardless of the number of chromosomes we have."