When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I chat to a young lady called Caitlin who I first met back in 2006 when she was just three years old when I took her photograph for the DS2007 calendar.

I took her photograph again in 2011, on a very cold morning on Wormwood Scrubs as part of the DS Active campaign. …

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I am joined by sisters Claire Harris and Abigail Clay, where we talk about the film they made together, Claire’s acting, her work and her family.

Claire, who has Down syndrome, graduated from a three-year performing arts course at the Orpheus Centre College, and has made a film with her sister Abigail about wanting to get a job.

Claire’s sister Abigail is an actress who specialises in teaching drama and interactive sessions to…

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I chat to Jack Hale about living independently, his job, his hobbies, his role as an advocate for people with Down syndrome with the group ‘Our voice, Our choice’, his love of Gillingham FC and skiing for the Great Britain Special Olympics squad…..amongst other things.

Jack is a lovely chap and I know you will feel as privileged to listen to him as I was to talk to him.

This podcast and others…

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I am joined by a young lady who I have known for over twenty years.

She has a special place in my heart because, after my daughter Billie-Jo was born, Ophir was one of the first children with Down syndrome that I had ever met.

She was as amazing then as she is now.

Ophir went to her local mainstream, primary and secondary schools. She has been involved with the Chicken Shed theatre…

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I am joined by my beautiful daughter Billie-Jo. We chew the fat about her school life, her family, friends, boyfriends, walking Hadrians wall, paragliding over Lake Geneva and general life.

Billie-Jo came into our lives 21 years ago and I can honestly say I wouldn’t change her in one single way.

That said, when she was born and we were told that she had Down syndrome I wondered how on earth I was…

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I chat to Sarah Merriman about her school life, her family, living independently and her job.

Sarah was the inspiration behind the book written by her father and mother, Andy and Ali Merriman.

The book is called ‘A Minor Adjustment’ — The story of Sarah a remarkable child.

The book was published in 1999, the same year that my daughter Billie-Jo was born and ‘A Minor Adjustment’ was not only a great read…

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I chat to Christopher Davies about living independently and his love of swimming, snooker and script writing.

Christopher is an exceptional man and he talks openly and eloquently about the loss of a close friend, the death of his beloved father, and his recent experience of Covid-19.

It will raise a smile, provide insight and discussion, and challenge commonly held attitudes and prejudices.

If you want to diversify your listening content and be…

When was the last time you heard someone who has Down syndrome on a podcast? Possibly never…….the Shifting Perspectives podcast aims to change that.

In this episode I chat to the wonderful James Ducarreaux about his job, his family, his time on the TV series ‘The Undateables’ and the big news he wanted to share about his new relationship.

His charm, good manners and personality shone through on ‘The Undateables’ and I am sure you will love hearing James talking about how he enjoys the banter at the Fire and Rescue centre where he works, how he lives independently, his…

A podcast interview with the outstanding actress Sarah Gordy MBE, who happens to have Down syndrome.

Sarah Gordy ©Richard Bailey

In a previous article called ‘Sarah After Vermeer’ I showcased portraits I had taken of the actor Sarah Gordy, in the style of Vermeer paintings.

Not only have I photographed Sarah, I have also interviewed her for the Shifting Perspectives podcast.

This is a podcast where I talk to young adults who have Down syndrome, as well as parents and siblings of people with Down syndrome.

The author and his daughter Billie-Jo ©Richard Bailey

I have just stumbled across a short article on Medium which listed 5 reasons why a couple decided to abort their child: ‘We decided to abort our child with down syndrome’.

Everyone loves a good list.

As the parent of a 21 year old daughter who has Down syndrome and as someone who has spent the last 16 years attempting to challenge preconceived ideas about people with Down syndrome, with the photographic exhibition ‘Shifting Perspectives’, it made for quite uncomfortable reading.

Uncomfortable, because I am certainly not a pro-lifer, the choice should always remain with the woman over what to…

Richard Bailey

Photographer, curator, writer, parent. Lover of life.

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