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25 People With Down Syndrome Show Off Their Individuality

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Oftentimes, people think Down syndrome has one “look.” While many people with Down syndrome share characteristics, we know every person is an individual. We asked members of our community to send us a photo of themselves or a loved one being proud of their individuality!

1. “This is Sloane being sassy testing out her new big girl car seat!”

toddler girl with down syndrome in car seat

2. “My precious rockstar Brendan. He’s 22 years old. I love him more and more everyday!”

man with down syndrome playing guitar in guitar store

3. “Five-year-old Max hugging his best friend Ally!”

boy with down syndrome hugging dog

4. “This is Audrey! Both sweet and sassy. She loves swimming, dancing and balloons! I can’t believe she is 11 in a week, time flies when you’re having fun!”

girl with down syndrome wearing pink shirt

5. “This is Josie and Jamie, both are 7 years old. They are both adopted from China. They were pretending they were princesses!”

two girls with down syndrome wearing scarves on heads

6. “David sharing a touchdown celebration!”

man with down syndrome playing football

7. “This is my Silly Lilly, 8 years old. She is a goofy goose!”

girl with down syndrome sitting in car

8. “This is our sweet Olivia Grace. She is almost 6 months old and she lights up our lives and all those who meet her feel the same way. She is magic. She may be small but she sure is mighty!”

newborn baby with down syndrome

9. “Voshon, 22 years old, showing off his style!”

man with down syndrome wearing formal suit standing next to car

10. “Riley, age 11, demonstrates his horseback riding skills!”

boy with down syndrome riding a horse

11. “This is our precious Kate (5) at this years Buddy Walk! Our team win third place for most donations. She loved her trophy! We are so proud of her and love our angel so much!”

girl with down syndrome sitting in wagon holding doll

12. “Max and Jude, both 2 — they love music and eating!”

twin boys with down syndrome wearing plaid shirts

13. “This is Gigi, 26 months.”

little girl with down syndrome standing in front of christmas tree

14. Marc, age 10.

boy with down syndrome wearing a collared shirt and tie

15. “Jonathan is 15. He loves watching YouTube, dancing to Michael Jacksons ‘Thriller,’ and hanging out with his family. He loves Special Olympics swimming, baseball, and basketball!”

boy with down syndrome in pool

16. “This is Kaleb. He is 17 months old and not only born rockin’ an extra chromosome but also three months premature. He is always showing us his big personality.”

little boy with down syndrome sitting on carpet

17. “This is Bailey. She’s 26. She’s fierce and independent and strong willed. She treats everyone like family. She’s got a hug for everyone and a smile when you need it. She’s taught our family to slow down and enjoy life to the fullest. She’s definitely the star of our whole family.”

girl with down syndrome and green hair

18. “Stephanie Tacey loves to put her outfits together on a daily basis and special events like the Winter Formal provided by the program she attends.”

girl with down syndrome wearing red dress

19. “This is Nyiah Renee, she is going to be 9 in two weeks. She loves to dance and sing!”

girl with down syndrome wearing pink glasses

20. “Hadley, age 8, after she wrangled the Bangor Police Department into a group photo.”

girl with down syndrome standing with police officers

21. “Jordan, 16, all dressed up for formal day at school!”

boy with down syndrome wearing a suit and standing at bottom of stairs

22. “Alexander, 21 year old, checking in to his freshman dorm!”

boy with down syndrome standing outside college dorm door

23. “This is my son Ben. He just turned 6. He’s absolutely amazing! This is him heading to yoga.”

boy with down syndrome carrying yoga mat

24. “Kensley Melvin, she is 4 years old!”

girl with down syndrome sitting outside under tree

25. “This is Jack! No matter what the circumstances are, he always has a smile, and can light up a room.”

baby with down syndrome wearing shirt that says warning i knonw i have an extra chromosome and i know how to use it

Originally published: February 8, 2017
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