Standing up for Down's
People with Down's syndrome have proved they can lead full and independent lives... The real challenge they face, says Sophie Radice in The Observer, is overcoming society's prejudices
'I'm an actress, choreographer and a jazz and contemporary dancer. I always have about eight new dances on the go in my head,' says 24-year-old Suzy Beddington. Suzy has been working for the Strathcona Theatre Company for five years and has starred in eight productions. Prior to this, she was an outstanding pupil of the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Just another girl in her twenties dreaming of stardom, you might think. But her achievements are all the more remarkable as Suzy has Down's syndrome.
'People with Down's are all different with varying interests and abilities,' says Suzy's mother, Veronica. 'If Suzy showed an interest in something, we always took it further. We noticed when she was dancing with her sisters in front of the TV that she was really good, so it took off from there. She started attending a mainstream dance school. Now she is an accomplished dancer, not just for a girl with Down's, but for anyone.' click for more
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