Saturday 3 December 2016

Seven things people with Down Syndrome are tired of hearing

Sasha Brady

Published 04/08/2016 | 14:40

Things people with Down Syndrome are tired of hearing. Photo: BBC Three
Things people with Down Syndrome are tired of hearing. Photo: BBC Three

Don't assume you know the person just because you know the condition.

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Social attitudes are transforming but people with Down Syndrome still find themselves the subject of some pretty patronising questions.

Even in 2016, there are limiting beliefs and prejudices on what Down Syndrome is and the ways in which the people who live with the condition are viewed.

BBC Three is hoping to get people to question their own attitudes with their latest video, titled: Things People With Down Syndrome are Tried of Hearing.

As one contributor, Bekki Maddox, said:  "If it helps even one person to change their perception of DS then we have done our job."

They've highlighted seven statements that are guaranteed to bug anyone with Down Syndrome from being spoken to as if they're children to assuming they can't work or have relationships.

"People say: 'Oh bless her! Isn't she lovely? How old is she?' Infantilization? Do one."

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