On Friday 24th March 2017 Emily from Made In Liverpool, a News programme based in Liverpool, came down to The Brindley in Runcorn to meet me and learn about World Down Syndrome day and my recent work celebrating it. World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on the 21st March every year. It aims to celebrate the lives of people who have this genetic condition, as well as raising awareness about the ongoing challenges to our rights we still face.
Coinciding with World Down Syndrome Day, on Saturday 18th March I ran an event called Celebrate Me. This event is all about celebrating the lives and dreams of people who have Down Syndrome, through creating a piece of bunting. Bunting is a decoration often used at parties which symbolises celebrations and happiness. I wanted to use this idea to help people celebrate their own lives and achievements and raise awareness of he potential people with Down Syndrome have when given opportunities.
For the interview, I was filmed in the Brindley's art gallery where Auto Agents is currently on display as I am one of its curators. Auto Agents is very much about the lives of learning disabled people too. It is based on ideas of independence and the different levels of support we have. The project was run by PHD Student Jade French and featured artists James Harper, Mark Simmonds and Alaena Turner.
I felt like I came across really well and spoke clearly without rushing it. I enjoyed being filmed it is the best thing, after the filming finished I was on cloud 100 and couldn't stop buzzing.
You can watch the news piece here, skip to 6 mins 23 secs to see my segment. https://t.co/4koHUmU1g0
Written by Leah Jones