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World down syndrome day 2018 – Ballymena Today

Today is World down syndrome day and Ballymena Today want to celebrate with this heart warming tribute from some of the hardest working mums around!

World down syndrome day - Ballymena Today

If you haven’t seen this video yet then brace yourself and get the tissues ready! This video of mums paying tribute to their children with down syndrome have gone viral this week and we just want another excuse to watch it again.

World down syndrome day – Ballymena Today

A carpool karaoke lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri’s multi-platinum selling track, “A Thousand Years”.

The mums are all part of a Facebook group known as “Designer Genes” created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013/14. They got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing”.

The video was originally inspired by Singing Hands – a UK organisation who’s videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton for supporting their children’s communication development. Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs, symbols alongside speech.

With thanks to the artist Christina Perri for her support and Singing Hands for the original concept. You can download the original track here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/a-t… Singing Hands YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SingingH…

What an amazing bunch of mums! We couldn’t help but share this video to celebrate this special day of awareness and support. For more information about support and events about Down Syndrome in Ballymena please click here to follow Northern Ireland Down Syndrome Association. And to find out more about learning Makaton please click here for details of beginners classes in Belfast.