Claire May Minett
Claire is a Mosaic Down syndrome advocate and has travelled to be key speaker at many international events.
Claire kindly Volunteers to run our 'Just for fun Makaton choir' as well as host our Open mic nights.
Claire has a hand in almost everything we do, offering us advice and support with our projects.
Clair is our lovely ambassador Tia's mum.
Clair helps us with our fundraising, attending steering group meetings and coming up with ideas for future events.
Who we are.
Hi, My name is Cristina.
We started Diff-Ability after Max was born rocking an extra copy of his 21st Chromosome (Down's Syndrome)
Our aim with Diff-Ability is to create events and opportunities for people with disabilities, learning disabilities, Autism and neurodiverity to engage in with their families and friends.
We promote positivity and share stories & events on our social media platforms.
We also run training and talks on subjects of interest.
What we do
Over the last year we have arranged for people with Down's syndrome to introduce The Peanut Butter Falcon Film and hosted a Q&A at Brewery Arts Centre kendal & Keswick Alhambrah as well as aranged for Dance Syndrome to introduce the film and show a short piece about what they do in Preston.
Diff-Ability have Arranged Free travel for people with Down's syndrome to attend the DSActive Football Festival in Manchester. Arranged inclusive Lazer tag sessions, Aura sensory sessions, Music sessions, Online Dance sessions with DanceSyndrome, Online Makaton choir and Halloween party. Many of the events we had planned for 2020 unfortunately had to be put on hold due to Covid, but we have had great fun connecting via Zoom.
We have over 100 families attending a weekend get together in Blackpool in 2021, East Lancashire Down's syndrome support group kindly agreed to let us go alongside their families and we have been overwhelmed by the response. Making Chromosomes count community Newspaper will be gifting each family atteding a lovely pack containing their newspaper, colouring materials & more.
In 2020 Diff-Ability have put together a Welcome to the world pack for new parents who have given birth to a baby with Down's Syndrome. These have been co-produced with parents, Cumberland Maternity units and other charities who already produce packs in their local areas. We hope to see these in Cumbrian Maternity units soon.
We have also started a campaign asking Amazon to #HearOurVoice and #RaiseYourStandards as there is #NoPlaceForHate after we find them repeatedly letting sellers list items that incite hate speech against people with disabilities and people from other minority groups.