A mother of three from New Jersey who is also a photographer is showcasing the beauty of children with Down syndrome in her stunning pictures.
Julie Willson gathered together 11 children with Down syndrome in October and took a number of pictures to document their enthusiasm. Their families had responded to the photographer’s call for kids with Down syndrome ages 0 to 5, and some traveled as long as three or four hours to participate.
Willson was inspired by her sister Dina to create the photo collection. The Huffington Post quoted her as saying, “Dina was born in 1975 with Down syndrome and was the absolute light of our family.” She said that her sister passed away in January 2011 due to congestive heart failure.
Willson stated, “Taking pictures of these 11 youngsters brought back so many wonderful memories of my sister. I sincerely hope that my images will help to alter how some people view persons with Down syndrome.
Downs Syndrome was named after John Langdon Down, the physician who first recognized the syndrome in 1866. Since then, people with Downs Syndrome have been incarcerated, maligned, and even worse.