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When Max was born we had a wonderful Midwife who sat by my bed and let me talk. My family supported me, my husband took Max's diagnosis of Down's syndrome in his stride.


I did not!


I felt alone and afraid, there had been no signposting to local support and I didn't dare google.


No new mum should feel this way when there is a supportive community waiting to welcome them!


These suitcases are filled with love and welcome new parents on their new journey with a child who has Down syndrome. Find out more on #WDSD21



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The community has been hurt and dismayed to hear Emmerdale are running a story where a child is aborted on the Grounds of having Down's syndrome.


We feel that this is a step back and wonder why Down's syndrome? They could have chosen a life limiting condition, or could the couple have decided the time was not right to have any pregnancy!


Why Down's syndrome? We think sensationalism and feel this is a backwards step with a storyline that uses a young character who has Down's syndrome to justify itself, when in reality this makes the storyline much worse. People who have Down's syndrome will see this as confirmation that society deems them unworthy of life, how many will see this and find out their minority groups is singled out, or screened out, with an assumption that the mother will abort?


We don't think Emmerdale should run such a negative story on Down's syndrome, we believe people who have Down's syndrome, Down's syndrome charities and more parents should have been involved in the discussion so that Emmerdale can see the truth behind why so many people actually abort. The fear of the unknown, the expectation that is what they should do and the fearmongering questions that you couldn't possibly answer if you have never had any balanced information or lived experience. Questions that we know are proposed by Ark like 'Do you think you could cope?' How could anybody possibly know if they have not been given balanced information??


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We have been campaigning for #Amazon to stop allowing sellers to list items which have slogans that would be viewed as Hate Speech.


Over 40 charities from around the world signed our open letter asking #Amazon to review ther policies and procedures, to put algorithms in place that would stop these items getting to the point of sale.




The open letter is signed by: The Down's syndrome association (England), National Downs syndrome association (USA), Down's syndrome Scotland (Scotland), Royal Mencap (UK), Down's syndrome international (International), Wall 47 (Iran), Lejeune clinic, DSUK (UK), Don't screen us out (UK), Perfectly me (Canada), Making Chromosomes count (UK), Julie fisher (Australia), Down's syndrome research foundation (UK), Positive about Down's syndrome (International), West House (England), Saving Down Syndrome (International), 21 & Co (England), Portsmouth DSSA (England), CornwallDSSG (England), East Lancashire DSSG (England), DSActive (England), Hijinx (UK), 21 Together (England), Carlisle Mencap (England), North lancashire, DSFS (England), Josephine & Jack project (UK), The ups of downs (England), wecan access(UK), Wouldn't change a thing (UK), Cotswold dssg (England), Shine 21 Dorset buddy club (England), York DSSG (England), Down with the Kidz North East (England), Nottinghamshire DSSG, East Lincolnshire DSFSG (England), Get on Downs DSSG (England), Upwards with Downs (England), Project 21 (England), PSDS (England), CAAP (England), DSNE (England), Disability North (England), Ups N downs (England), Take 5 n chat (England), Up on Downs (England), Bromley DSSG (England), Diff-Ability CIC


as well as the support of chrities and organisations who collectively represent thousands of people, hundreds more from the Down's syndrome community shared images of themseles. Bringing their own voice to social media, asking #Amazon to #HearOurVoice and #RaiseYourStandards as there is #NoPlaceForHate.


The community really came together, not just in the UK, but from around the world. Thank you, you are all amazing!!



You can support us by signing our petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/amazon-ban-amazon-sellers-inciting-down-syndrome-hate-speech


We would like to thank everybody who supported us and continues to support us with this campaign.


You can read more here:

https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Why-Sally-Phillips-and-I-are-taking-on-Amazon-and-how-you-can-join-us


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stop-selling-hatewear-sally-phillips-tells-amazon-vfn68km75


http://makingchromosomescount.co.uk/amazon-raiseyourstandards-against-hate-speech/


https://dontscreenusout.org/press-release-forty-three-disability-groups-call-on-amazon-to-take-action-over-discriminatory-t-shirts/


https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/health/portsmouth-down-syndrome-association-joins-campaign-ban-amazon-traders-selling-t-shirts-promoting-down-syndrome-hate-speech-2979404


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8730399/Sally-Phillips-slams-Amazon-selling-Downs-syndrome-hatewear.html


https://righttolife.org.uk/news/actress-sally-philips-criticises-amazon-for-downs-syndrome-extinction-t-shirts/


https://www.cwherald.com/a/stories/milburn-mum-takes-on-amazon-over-offensive-down-s-syndrome-t-shirts.516153.html


https://twitter.com/CFMRadioNews/status/1305750360846368768


https://thecatholicuniverse.com/stop-selling-hatewear-sally-phillips-and-down-syndrome-community-tell-amazon/


https://www.pressreader.com/uk/portsmouth-news/20200923/281736976886881


https://bigworldtale.com/lifestyle/sally-phillips-slams-amazon-for-selling-downs-syndrome-hatewear/


This is not the first time they have had media coverage over these products:

http://makingchromosomescount.co.uk/amazon-enrages-downs-syndrome-community/


We think enough is enough. We are sick of having to Police Amazon and feel they should take responsibility for what is being listed on their platform. We believe they have a duty of care to stop Hate speech being listed for sale.








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