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Aug 172017

We watched a video of a couple from Queensland.

Michael and Taylor. They are world record holding swimmers. They both have Down syndrome. They are in love.

They want to get married and have kids but their parents don’t want them to have kids.

Michael and Taylor (screenshot from Australian Story)

Michael and Taylor (screenshot from Australian Story)

Their parents talk about their relationship and sleeping over the night and talk about their sexuality. It’s their own bodies, it’s not up to their parents, it’s about what they want in their relationship. Their parents should butt out of their relationship. It’s between them they need to experience it by them selves. But if they need a little advice, they will come to you.

Aug 172017

I have watched the TED talk video clip of Karen Gaffney. She has Down syndrome and she is a advocate. She was talking about Down syndrome and what is and what Down syndrome means. Karen also talked about terminating babies with Down syndrome and how people get afraid when they found out their baby has it, but we can show a new idea about Down syndrome.

Karen also talked about people with Down syndrome, how they used to be locked up and their family and friends fought to rescue them to give them a great life in this world. She said that we still have to fight to be seen and included and respected – we do deserve a great life.

She was in a theatre room in Portland in America.

Karen is my role Model and inspiration.

I would like to gave a talk to the public of Perth WA about what Down syndrome is in my words and talk about living my life with Down syndrome. My play that we are writing is like this – it is about Down syndrome, about living my life and love. It’s about loving each other and respect.

I wrote a comment to her on her video. I hope she reads it and writes back.

Aug 172017

I am very excited about this project because I haven’t made a play before but it is very exciting. I want to share my work for the Down syndrome community and show the public that all people with Down syndrome can find love. The play is about me helping them to find love like everyone else in the world. That’s what the project is.

I always wanted to have a play full of love with people with Down syndrome. To make this play for people to hear our voices, to speak up, to show the world what we can do.

I have been working with Finn and Clare they both amazing they are a script-writer and director. They have work been working with me on my project and I am very happy to work with both of them. We have lots of meetings, and do research on Down syndrome.

Aug 172017

Today we went on Tommy and Maryanne’s Facebook page. They have Down syndrome.

We wanted to see how they met, they had pictures of their life together as boyfriend and girlfriend and they also show their wedding day video.

It’s very romantic in showing their life together. It was very exciting to see how much they love each other, and making memories together.

We talked about how we can put Claire Stewart’s story line in to our play, and how we can fit it in to Home And Away’s real story.

We did research on Home And Away’s story lines, how to put Alf, Martha and Roo’s story lines together with Claire Stewart story lines.

We did research on Down syndrome, we watched a video about the extra chromosome 21, and how people are born with Down syndrome and what happens inside your body when you have Down syndrome. There are chromosomes in your body, in your cells. People with Down syndrome make an extra copy of chromosome 21. Every one of my cells has an extra chromosome. I have something more then other people. And we watched a video about how to treat people with Down syndrome – kindly, and like every one else, using respect!

We also researched more interview videos of people with Down syndrome talking about Down syndrome means to them.

We watch videos about what Down syndrome is and about Chromosomes 21, and how we get our genes and chromosomes from both mum and dad’s side.

I would like to a presentation at hospitals, to Doctors to tell them to not to pressure people to give up or terminate babies with Down syndrome.

I would like to talk to new mothers with babies with Down syndrome to help them to not worry about having a baby with Down syndrome. I would like to give them some advice to raise them right. To love them and tell them that they will have a great life and can be independent.

We also research on adoption for babies with Down syndrome. We read a story about a family that adopted a baby named Daniel. He has Down syndrome and they gave him a great life with lots of love that they gave him. He is a part of their family. They treat him like their own children.

My project is about finding love for people with Down syndrome all over the world.

They want love in their life and to be loved by family, friends, partners, work mates.

Some people with Down syndrome have trouble finding love and keeping that love. And that’s where I come in, to help them to find love and hold it and to never let go of it.

The project is for the Down syndrome community in the world. All people with Down syndrome have the right to find their place in the world, like I have found my place.

Aug 172017

Sally Phillips from the ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ movie is a actress and she was on 60 Minutes on Sunday night. She was talking about her son that has Down syndrome and he is living his life. Sally talked about other women getting a blood test while they are pregnant to see if their baby has Down syndrome.

If the test comes out positive that it is Down syndrome, they need to think if they want to a baby with Down syndrome. If they don’t want it they might have a termination. Sometimes they are scared to raise a baby with Down syndrome because they are worried about how people will treat them, the mother and the baby, and they are worried about how the quality of life the baby will have.

I think parents shouldn’t terminate their baby with Down syndrome. It’s wrong if that’s the only reason you don’t want it. If you did want to have a baby and you got one, you need to love them and raise them as a part of the family and to give them a great life with family and friends and to enjoy life and to be so of proud them no matter what.

It’s not scary to have a baby with Down syndrome. I wish they had better information and could meet someone who would help them. Someone with Down syndrome who can tell them that life is good. I could come in and talk to them and tell them that they can have a great life and not to be scared of their baby. I can talk to them about my life, and how I have Down syndrome and how I live, so they don’t have to be worried about their kids.

I didn’t know Sally Phillips had a son with Down syndrome, I thought she was just an actress. I really like Bridget Jones Diary, I have all 3 DVD movies.

I like her even more now that I know she has got a son with Down syndrome, like me.

Jul 052017

To day I did a warm up exercises with music and I went through my lines when I am moving around the room.

I also brought photos of me when I was a child. I use my wheel chair for action when I go through my lines

I also did the virtual reality today to see my photos of me when I was child.

I talked about a story from my photos of me and my family that I bring into virtual reality

It’s easier for me to go through my lines in the amazing new studio!

Danny Tuckey, July 5, 2017


Jul 052017


At The start I had to lead 2 people with virtual reality and that was a new experience for me because I am learned from the teacher myself as in me being the student I am not trained to be the leader I doont really like to be thrown in the deep end like that but it is good for me and I have experienced my favourite thing ever which was inserting my own images in the virtual reality which was really cool but what was challenging was how to make the images bigger or to make the canvas of the picture like all I can see through the goggles but I am yet to figure that bit out and I have been showing other people to use the virtual reality so I am the demonstrator so I like that about what I am doing today

It is now holidays so I have 2 weeks off from dance so all I have is dadaa (Virtual Reality), volunteering, going to the gym that’s my favourite part and having a life is what I love blogging is apart of that I write it down how I feel in the moment if I am feeling a human emotion I like to write it but at dadaa lets me type but I am Ok

Jul 042017

Children and young people attending DADAA’s Artlink Holiday program are learning about virtual reality from the Mixed Reality artists and digital team.

Children from Artlink’s Quinn’s Rock program watching mixed reality on the TV

Rico supported by Zoe learns how to use the wands and goggles.

Children and young people attending Artlink’s Circus WA holiday program are then invited to experiment in with the VR/MR in DADAA’s new digital studio.

This program is running for two weeks and is designed to build a digitally aware community of children and young people with disabilities.

Mixed Reality artists are focusing on developing their skills as facilitators and leaders.

July 4, 2017