Defining special needs

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  • March 22, 2017
  • StopPress Team
Defining special needs

Non-profit organisation CoorDown marked World Down Syndrome Day with a funny campaign that asks the audience: does a person with down syndrome really have special needs?

On 21 March the world celebrated people who were born with an extra chromosome and CoorDown used the opportunity to change the world's perspective on those with down syndrome by presenting '#NotSpecialNeeds'.

Presented by a young woman with down syndrome, the video educates the audience about what special needs are, using the examples of eating dinosaur eggs, wearing a suit of armour, being massaged by a cat and woken up by a celebrity.

"That would special," the presenter says. "But what we really need is education, jobs and opportunities, friends and some love, just like everybody else."

As well as the video, there's a dedicated campaign website that explains while people with down syndrome may require some extra assistance, they still have basic human needs.

It hopes to change the words used when speaking about those with down syndrome because it believes a change in language can demolish prejudice, change people's mindsets and reality overall.

On its Instagram, CoorDown has shared people's responses to #NotSpecialNeeds.

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