Wednesday, 9 September 2015

People with Down syndrome online and in other media


Golden girl of Special Olympics not ready to retire
Abby Dinham, SBS, 24th August 2015
One of Australia's most decorated gymnasts has returned from the Special Olympics' World Games in the United States with another bevy of medals to add to her already overflowing trophy cabinet.

A day at the footy with the Sons of the West
Margaret Burin, ABC, 4th September 2015
Going to the footy is one of the best parts of independent living for best buddies Chris and Kim – two of the Western Bulldogs' most die-hard fans ...

Emily Crockford
Underbelly Arts Festival, 1st - 2nd August, 2015
Bold, assured and sensual all describe the artwork of Emily Crockford ... `I like painting on fabrics and working with guest artists. I like my own techniques, playing and experimenting with different ideas. I want to be a great artist, and experiment. ́

Coronation Street casts first Down's Syndrome actor Liam Bairstow
Emma Flanagan, Manchester Evening News, 13th August 2015
Coronation Street has hired a new cast member, and made history in the process.

The ITV soap has announced it is hiring their first actor with Down’s Syndrome, who will be joining the cobbles later this year. Liam Bairstow, 26 ... was recruited after being spotted in ITV’s Breaking Through Talent disability workshop, created in response to actors with disabilities getting few audition opportunities ...

(Coronation Street is on Foxtel in Australia.)

She's Beautiful, She Has Down Syndrome, and She's Fashion Week's Freshest Face
Samantha Cowan, takepart, 14th August 2015
Much of high fashion’s elitist reputation is well deserved. Tall, white, skinny models have traditionally dominated catwalks to show off luxury collections for a celebrity audience. But some designers have realized that diversity is in.

Come fall, 18-year-old Madeline Stuart will become the second woman with Down syndrome to strut the catwalk at the biannual New York Fashion Week. Stuart follows in the footsteps of one of her biggest inspirations, actor Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story, who walked the runway in February ...


Josie's view of Australia receives international acclaim
Australia Plus, 12th August 2015
New artists dream of securing international representation, something Australia's Josie Webster has done at just 18 with her paintings being exhibited in London ahead of a New York debut in October ...

Plus One Delights
 Plus One Delights is a smart new business from Kayah and Leanne Gunther on the far north coast of NSW! The first day at Kingscliff markets was a sold out success. Visit their Facebook page to show your support.

Parramatta City Titans open the door for kids with special needs
Patrick Fahy, Parramatta Sun, 29th July 2015
Parramatta City Titans Junior Rugby League Club want to spread the word about their newest team. The Titans have recently started a program called Try Time, which is aimed at kids with special needs.

Tony Bainou, who has years of coaching experience behind him, has taken eight-year-old Ayoub Elfata and five-year-old Kassem Farhat under his wing and is teaching them how to play rugby league. The two boys, who both have Down syndrome, are developing their skills with Bainou, who teaches them one-on-one during weekly training sessions ...


“Oliver sees details the rest of us miss” – a young photographer’s story
Jennifer Urwin, Scope (UK), 20th July 2015
... We had an exhibition and lots of people came to see my pictures. I gave a speech and we sold lots of pictures and with the money I bought a Chinese takeaway for us on the Sunday night when we finished, and bought a holiday in a cottage in Wales in the middle of nowhere! I’m very proud when I have an exhibition ...

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