Friday, 24 March 2017

Weekend reading and viewing: 25 - 26 March 2017


World Down Syndrome Day 2017 Conference at the UN, New York
You can see and read all the presentations at the conference here
You can go directly to an illustrated transcript of the presentation given by Olivia Hargroder from Brisbane here.
World Down Syndrome Day Awards - individuals with Down syndrome
Down Syndrome International, 14 March 2017
2 individuals with Down syndrome receive an award for outstanding self-advocacy:  
Emmanuel Bishop (United States) – Is an international self-advocate presenting at many conferences across the world. His self advocacy presentations are aimed at parents and professionals with the goal of improving quality of life for people with Down syndrome by raising hope and awareness of the abilities in all persons who have Down syndrome and defending the inherent dignity of all persons who have Down syndrome as valued members of society. 
Saylee Agavane (India) – Saylee starting learning Kathak (one of the eight forms of Indian Classical dances) at the age of 9.She attended all the batches from preliminary to advanced, in an inclusive environment. Saylee has won numerous awards during her 17 years of Classical Kathak Dance.

A new World Down Syndrome Day video shrewdly takes on a problematic euphemism ... a World Down Syndrome Day viral video I can get behind ... 

David M Perry, The Establishment

21 March 2017

... I want to hear the voices of people with Down Syndrome, they are amazing voices and need only the microphone. 
The microphone. A spot on centre stage. And a world that will look and listen and learn ...
Dave Hingsburger, Of Battered Aspect
21 March 2017

Life according to Maria Jose Paiz Arias, a 19-year-old Panamanian woman with big ambitions - and Down syndrome ...  'The cure to people's attitude towards me is getting to know me better. Over time, I can teach these people who I am and show them that I'm a good person' ...
Loes Witschge, Aljazeera 
21 March 2017

You Can't Ask That!
Have you seen the trailer for the second series of this popular ABC TV series? Several people with Down syndrome will appear in this series:
You Can't Ask That returns for a second season of life-affirming, insightful, hilarious and refreshingly inappropriate television. 
... You Can't Ask That asks groups of misunderstood, judged or marginalised Australians the awkward, inappropriate or uncomfortable questions you've always wanted to know the answers to, but have always been too afraid to ask.
You Can't Ask That Series 2 starts on ABC TV 1, 9.30 pm Thursday 6 April 2017 and will be on iView (Episode 1, Blind People, is available now).

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