Three very sweet videos about people with Down syndrome are making the rounds on the Internet. They rely on still photography and share a simple message: People with Down syndrome are people.
From Richard Bailey, a photographer in the UK, a montage of charming color portraits without narration called “Down syndrome – 365.” They’re part of Shifting Perspectives, a traveling exhibit supported by GlaxoSmithKline that will be on display for the next two months at the School of Optometry, Cardiff University.
From Illinois photographer Thomas Balsamo, a video collection of lush black and white portraits called “I have a voice” with production by Bagby and Company and benefiting Gigi’s Playhouse, a non-profit in Illinois.
And from the Nova Scotia [Canada] Down Syndrome Society, a video called “Be.”
The Illinois video is intercut with a narrative. An excerpt:
I am untapped potential
I am not to be underestimated
I am someone who can be happy, funny, sad, goofy, ingenious, creative, loving, talented, delightful, giving, caring, excited, scared, hurt, eager, bright, clever, religious, ambitious, wise, eager, trusting, loyal, in love, talented, devoted, hopeful, intelligent..
I am human
I am just like you…
Of the three, the Nova Scotia video has the most political message. As the photos roll and the word “Belong” flashes repeatedly on the screen, text appears. An excerpt:
In the ’60s, parents were often ‘counseled’ into institutionalizing their child
Today parents are ‘counseled’ into termination
All with good intentions, of course …
Over 90 percent of parents terminate after Down syndrome is diagnosed
Sadly, most parents never talked to someone living with Down syndrome
Or their families
If parents are given that chance
They may decide otherwise
It’s not about pro-abortion
It’s not about pro-life
It’s about pro-humanity