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Mum challenges preconceptions of Down's Syndrome through photography exhibition

Laura Kearns 24th Nov, 2017

A DEVOTED mum is challenging the preconceptions of Down’s Syndrome through a photography exhibition.

Nicola Enoch found charity The Ups of Downs in 2006, which celebrates the condition and works with affected families.

Nicola, along with Warwick University Medical School, organised the photography exhibition to showcase the uniqueness of each child and encourage people to see past the diagnosis.

It features dozens of children aged from a few weeks to 12 years old who have the condition, including Nicola’s 12-year-old son Tom.

She said: “When Tom was born I knew nothing about Down’s Syndrome and I’d been brought up in society led to believe that children with the condition aren’t worthy. You don’t really get told otherwise until you’re in that situation yourself.”

The exhibition is being held at Warwick University on Tuesday (December 5) and will include academics talking about how patients play an important role in teaching the next generation of doctors.

University principal teaching fellow Dr Clare Blackburn said: “At Warwick Medical School parents, patients and health services users are actively involved in teaching our students. We view this is as central to producing doctors who can provide person-centred, high quality care for patients.

“Working with The Ups of Downs charity will help our students develop positive attitudes to people with Down’s Syndrome and to understand how to provide better support for them and their families.”

The free exhibition is taking place at the Medical School on Gibbet Hill Road at 1pm. Visit warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/news/eventsandopendays/upsofdowns to book tickets.

After the exhibition a selection of portraits will be on display at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and Warwick Hospital.

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