What really matters

Your attitude can make a difference to the lives of people with Down syndrome.

A positive attitude

  • With a positive accepting attitude, you will be able to include people with Down syndrome in everyday life and overcome any challenges.
  • Let’s aim to make New Zealand a place where people with Down syndrome can say they are accepted as individuals and live in a society where they feel valued and included.

See the person not the condition

  • People with Down syndrome are individuals, just like anyone else, with their own likes and dislikes, achievements, interests and personality. 
  • Don’t blame everything on Down syndrome.  A person’s traits and behaviors are part of their individual character, not because of Down syndrome.   
  • Try to use the phrase people with Down syndrome” instead of “Down’s people” or “suffering from Down syndrome”.