Georgia
Georgia
Georgia
Georgia

“When she first went to icandance she wanted to join in, but for a long time she couldn’t do it. She just watched and waited….

Georgia
Georgia

… She didn’t see herself as part of the group.

She didn’t see herself as a dancer.”

Georgia
Georgia

If Georgia wants to tell you something, she says it as a question, so you can confirm it. That makes it real.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

 

Margot
Margot

There was so much confusion, looking back. We were pursuing answers as though diagnosis was a holy grail – as though it was going to clarify and transform things.

 

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Elizabeth loves painting. I think what links painting to icandance is not being judged... It’s exhausting, the struggle our children have to put up, just to get by. We underestimate the energy and focus required.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

We used to feel guilty about her not having peer groups, but now she’s 23, and this is who she is. This is Elizabethness. 

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

At icandance I learned to be a mentor. 

I can dance. I can help. Also I can create.

Kimberley
Kimberley
Kimberley
Kimberley

Kimberley used to watch Jennifer Lopez on the computer, then she’d close the door and dance for hours. She was always dancing. In the sitting room, in the kitchen − always dancing. 

Kimberley
Kimberley

We never go out much, not even for a walk. It’s different in the Philippines. Everyone knows each other there; the door is always open.  We’re free as a birds there.

Kimberley
Kimberley

When Kimberley was born, I didn’t know about Down’s Syndrome. The nurse said, “Oh, it will take time. It’s a long life for you.”

Josh
Josh
Josh
Josh

My image of a child with Down’s Syndrome was: elderly parents, fusty kids in old-fashioned clothes . . . Would I dress him in fusty clothes or funny old home-knitted jumpers? (Laughs) Talk about being defined.

Josh
Josh

How about a costume change?

Josh
Josh

Josh tends to gravitate towards mainstream kids and while that can be a good thing, it can leave him at a disadvantage. icandance puts things into perspective.  

Sade
Sade
Sade
Sade
Margaret
Margaret
Sade
Sade
Sade
Sade
Ellis
Ellis
Ellis
Ellis

She loves dressing up and icandance gives her that outlet. She wants to be a dress designer. She brought me her drawings and said, do you think they’d like to use my costume designs? Costumes are her passion.

Ellis
Ellis

I saw the gap widening between Ellis and her classmates. I went to the local special school and I thought that’s not my child; my child doesn’t belong here . . . And then I was like, No, actually this is my child. This is where she needs to be.

Ellis
Ellis

I remember the first show and Ellis jumping hoop to hoop. All the parents were so involved and we were all clapping and cheering our kids, each others kids, and just the warmth in the room and the complete acceptance . . .  it was just wonderful.

Amaya
Amaya
Amaya and Sadia
Amaya and Sadia
Amaya
Amaya
Amaya and Sadia
Amaya and Sadia
Amaya
Amaya
Becky
Becky
Becky
Becky
Francesca
Francesca
Becky
Becky
Victor
Victor
Rosa
Rosa

Victor has never been a child who would interact with another child. He likes to observe.  So, going to icandance ….he is, in some way, led to do it. Even holding hands for one second with his partner . . . at school they don’t focus on that.

Rosa and Victor
Rosa and Victor

Since I had Victor, I haven’t known any other life than looking after him.  So, it’s very difficult to say, you know, ‘what if?’ Would our lives be different or better? I don’t know.

Victor
Victor

In my book there are only two options: you try to help and develop and improve or you just give up.

Georgia
Georgia
Georgia
Georgia
Elizabeth
Margot
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Kimberley
Kimberley
Kimberley
Kimberley
Josh
Josh
Josh
Josh
Sade
Sade
Margaret
Sade
Sade
Ellis
Ellis
Ellis
Ellis
Amaya
Amaya and Sadia
Amaya
Amaya and Sadia
Amaya
Becky
Becky
Francesca
Becky
Victor
Rosa
Rosa and Victor
Victor
Georgia
Georgia

“When she first went to icandance she wanted to join in, but for a long time she couldn’t do it. She just watched and waited….

Georgia

… She didn’t see herself as part of the group.

She didn’t see herself as a dancer.”

Georgia

If Georgia wants to tell you something, she says it as a question, so you can confirm it. That makes it real.

Elizabeth

 

Margot

There was so much confusion, looking back. We were pursuing answers as though diagnosis was a holy grail – as though it was going to clarify and transform things.

 

Elizabeth

Elizabeth loves painting. I think what links painting to icandance is not being judged... It’s exhausting, the struggle our children have to put up, just to get by. We underestimate the energy and focus required.

Elizabeth

We used to feel guilty about her not having peer groups, but now she’s 23, and this is who she is. This is Elizabethness. 

Elizabeth

At icandance I learned to be a mentor. 

I can dance. I can help. Also I can create.

Kimberley
Kimberley

Kimberley used to watch Jennifer Lopez on the computer, then she’d close the door and dance for hours. She was always dancing. In the sitting room, in the kitchen − always dancing. 

Kimberley

We never go out much, not even for a walk. It’s different in the Philippines. Everyone knows each other there; the door is always open.  We’re free as a birds there.

Kimberley

When Kimberley was born, I didn’t know about Down’s Syndrome. The nurse said, “Oh, it will take time. It’s a long life for you.”

Josh
Josh

My image of a child with Down’s Syndrome was: elderly parents, fusty kids in old-fashioned clothes . . . Would I dress him in fusty clothes or funny old home-knitted jumpers? (Laughs) Talk about being defined.

Josh

How about a costume change?

Josh

Josh tends to gravitate towards mainstream kids and while that can be a good thing, it can leave him at a disadvantage. icandance puts things into perspective.  

Sade
Sade
Margaret
Sade
Sade
Ellis
Ellis

She loves dressing up and icandance gives her that outlet. She wants to be a dress designer. She brought me her drawings and said, do you think they’d like to use my costume designs? Costumes are her passion.

Ellis

I saw the gap widening between Ellis and her classmates. I went to the local special school and I thought that’s not my child; my child doesn’t belong here . . . And then I was like, No, actually this is my child. This is where she needs to be.

Ellis

I remember the first show and Ellis jumping hoop to hoop. All the parents were so involved and we were all clapping and cheering our kids, each others kids, and just the warmth in the room and the complete acceptance . . .  it was just wonderful.

Amaya
Amaya and Sadia
Amaya
Amaya and Sadia
Amaya
Becky
Becky
Francesca
Becky
Victor
Rosa

Victor has never been a child who would interact with another child. He likes to observe.  So, going to icandance ….he is, in some way, led to do it. Even holding hands for one second with his partner . . . at school they don’t focus on that.

Rosa and Victor

Since I had Victor, I haven’t known any other life than looking after him.  So, it’s very difficult to say, you know, ‘what if?’ Would our lives be different or better? I don’t know.

Victor

In my book there are only two options: you try to help and develop and improve or you just give up.

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