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Charity marks Down’s Syndrome day

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​Down's Syndrome Scotland raises awareness among Holyrood MSPs in honour of World Down's Syndrome Day.

Kim Scott meets Dave Thomson MSP
Kim Scott meets Dave Thomson MSP

Down's Syndrome Scotland has held an information session for MSPs to highlight Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week which runs from 17 to 23 March.

Dave Thompson, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, welcomed the charity to the Scottish Parliament ahead of United Nations World Down’s Syndrome Day on 21 March.

The event gave an opportunity for MSPs to discuss with Down’s Syndrome Scotland the interests and concerns of people with the condition.

Kim Scott, who has Down’s syndrome and is a speaker for Down’s Syndrome Scotland, talked about her work with the charity.

Thomson said: “It was great to hear about the role of Kim and workers like her who are inspiring examples of how people with Down’s syndrome can work and do their job well if given the opportunities to do so.

"People with Down’s syndrome have a right to be listened to just like any other constituent and I believe that as a society we should do more to engage with people with learning disabilities and their carers.”

Pandora Summerfield, chief executive of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, said: “As a charity, we are committed to helping our members reach their full potential.

“Through our work, we know that issues like speech therapy, welfare, employment and dementia are major causes of concern to people with Down’s syndrome and their families.”