6 in 10 secondary school students with Down Syndrome want to go to college, but less than 3 in 10 go on to third level courses.
Down Syndrome Ireland has launched a new campaign which focuses on ensuring people with Down Syndrome can live the lives they want.
Artist Joe Caslin has created a 60ft mural just off Harcourt Street for Down Syndrome Ireland, and says: “This particular drawing, like all projects I have undertaken, has been personally poignant.
"In this drawing, Amanda invites you into her world -she asks you to consider her, her Down Syndome and the positive presence she can bring to a space, a place of work, a neighbourhood or indeed a city."
The organisation has made 21 year old Amanda Butler from Mullingar the face of their new campaign which makes 21 demands of Government which would improve the life of people with Down Syndrome.
Don't Talk Down to Me!
This is Amanda Butler (21) by artist @joecaslin on the corner of Harcourt Street & Clonmel Street, Dublin.
The mural is to mark our 50th birthday!
Check out https://t.co/WZoyUBWQPo for more information. #TheUpSideDSI #21Demands pic.twitter.com/HnyTkINeI6
— Down Syndrome IRL (@DownSyndromeIRL) July 27, 2021
Barry Sheridan, CEO, Down Syndrome Ireland says: "On our 50th birthday, we re-dedicate ourselves to a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realise their life’s aspirations and become valued members of a welcoming society. We hope this mural will grab
people’s attention and that our report reveals the need for more action."
The joyful mural aims to urge people to consider the positive things someone with Down Syndrome can bring to your community.
The piece, which is made of paper, is temporary.