Welcome to Downs With Ups.

This blog is written for everyone who has an interest in raising a child with special needs, specifically Down syndrome.  Its purpose is threefold: firstly to share the experience of a mother of a child with special needs; secondly, to give voice to some of the issues encountered, and thirdly to reach out to you, the community, so that you can catch a glimpse as to what it’s like in our shoes.



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I hope this blog will offer you a glimpse into a life that, whilst having its fair share of challenges, also notices and celebrates the smallest of achievements.