Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder. Annually, around 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome, a congenital disorder where babies get an extra pair of a chromosome. Despite it being a common disorder, due to lack of proper education, a lot of people have misconceptions about those with Down syndrome.
What other people fail to realize is that people who have Down syndrome are very much like us. They have their own share of talents, their own capacity of feeling and understanding emotions, and their own skills to contribute to society.
Julie Wilson, a gifted photographer, is aware of the beautiful things that people with Down syndrome can do. Why? Because she grew up with her sister Dina who was born with Down syndrome.
Growing up in a family with a sister like hers, made a big impact on her as a photographer. Now that she is a professional photographer based on New Jersey, Julie is set on using her talent in order to portray children with down syndrome the way she sees them- equally skilled, brilliant, and beautiful.
In one of her projects, Julie Wilson invited 11 adorable and charming children with down syndrome.
In the series of photographs she had taken, Julie aims to show and prove to the world that these children may suffer from a genetic disorder. But that is not enough to discount the fact that each of them have a unique, incredible, and truly charming personalities.
Breaking stereotypes and misconceptions, Julie wants everyone to know and realize that having a down syndrome is not a death sentence. Families with people diagnosed with Down syndrome can lead happy lives as well.
Although, the extra pair of chromosome that people with down syndrome have stunts their physical and mental growth, a lot of research about it is continuously being conducted. Thanks to this, people are becoming aware that they can be taught and trained so that they will be prepared to face the real world.
Now, there are establishments that hire people diagnosed with Down syndrome, because they recognize the skills and competencies that they can contribute to the workforce.
Sadly, Julie’s beloved sister, Dina passed away about 6 years ago due to heart failure. Although Julie’s life wouldn’t be the same without Dina by their side, now she has something to remember her amazing sister. Through the sentimental project she was working on, she is creating a tribute dedicated to her wonderful sister to honor her memories.
For Julie, Dina is the best sister she could ever have. “[She was] the best thing that could have happened to our family.” Julie firmly expressed.
Certainly, Julie’s photos are giving justice to her cause. Your heart will simply melt just by looking at the photos of the 11 children diagnosed with Down syndrome. They truly are wonderful, adorable, and equally talented beings that you cannot help to gush over!
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