21 Faces is back! Take another look in 2017!

The Down Syndrome Centre is delighted to launch 21 Faces 2017, our campaign to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of children with Down syndrome, to champion their potential and to challenge some common misconceptions about Down syndrome along the way.

Last year, 21 Faces introduced you to 21 children who use the services at the Centre and told you a little about their lives, challenges and oftentimes hard won triumphs.

21 Faces 2017 returns for a bigger slice of the lives of the children featured, to chart their progress and celebrate their achievements and we can attest that it’s been a big year for all!!

It has been a year of firsts for many of the children as they continue to meet and overcome the range of developmental and physical challenges they face. Some have started communicating through Lámh sign language, spoken their first words, taken their first steps, started Playschool, Montessori and Primary School and they have all taken it in their stride!

We have seen these children accomplish great feats and prove that the sky is the limit for children with Down syndrome! Lilah has become ‘Instafamous’ as a brand ambassador for a fashion label, Dáire starred in a music video, and Hazel, Faye and Emma made their First Holy Communions while several children have won medals for sports, gymnastics and swimming events.

As well as celebrating the children’s development, 21 Faces also aims to personalise the discussion about Down syndrome and make a connection with people. By reading the children’s stories, viewing their family photos and getting a glimpse of their personalities and an insight into their daily lives, we hope to challenge some pre-conceived ideas about Down syndrome and to encourage the viewer to see the children for themselves and as children first and foremost.

The Down Syndrome Centre believe that the photos, videos, testimonials and stories in 21 Faces 2017 are a fitting tribute to the tenacity of these children and their families and a source of inspiration for all.

21 Faces is supported by an in-bus poster campaign by Dublin Bus and an outdoor poster campaign by Irish Poster Advertising around Dublin City Centre during the month of July.

About The Down Syndrome Centre

The Down Syndrome Centre opened in 2014 with the aim of addressing the increased cuts and lack of accessibility to relevant services for children with Down syndrome. Our mission is to provide services and facilities to enable children with Down syndrome to have the same opportunities in life as their peers, to feel included in society and to enable them to reach their full potential. We now support over 200 families per week by providing a wide range of early intervention services including SKIP (Special Kids Intervention Programme) and Team 21 Tots and vital services such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

We also provide essential services, information, support and a place to network for families and carers of people with Down syndrome. Our core ethos embraces Positivity – to create a brighter future where children with Down syndrome are ‘Able2’ reach their full potential and live as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.

100% of our funding comes through fundraising.

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100% of your donation goes to The Down Syndrome Centre across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to The Down Syndrome Centre. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY, Helpline 01 443 3890

Thank You

We would like to say a huge thank you to Dublin Bus and Irish Poster Advertising for featuring our 21 Faces posters and also to Megan Plunkett Design for designing the posters and to photographer Conor Healy for the beautiful portrait photos he has taken again this year.

Media Coverage

Dundrum Gazette – Alan

City Gazette – Archie

Dun Laoghaire Gazette

21 Faces Photo Exhibition

This year we created a 21 Faces photo exhibition which was displayed at the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Festival of Inclusion and the Nutgrove Arts Festival. You can read about it here