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 312017

During the time I have spent at DADAA I got the chance to give their new Virtual Reality thing a shot. It was amazing with all the features you could use to create your own virtual world. From fire, stars, snow embers and electricity. It felt like being inside a glitter lamp.

I have put in an application of Talent Camp. My goal is to write a proper feature film and have it funded. Now with the special help of Simone Flavelle and Lincoln McKinnon I have finally found an idea for a feature film that I hope will be amazing because it’s about autism.





Jul 282017

It’s a rainy winter’s afternoon at DADAA and I have been interviewing artists about their experience of Mixed Reality to date. We have just finished a month long period of experimentation with Virtual Reality that has proved to be hugely successful for all the participants. We are now moving in to the second half of the year with renewed energy from working in another dimension. Not all of the artists will directly incorporate virtual reality in their future work however the experience of working in another realm has really opened their minds to technology. Many of the artists are working towards incorporating ideas of perspective, identity and new digital technologies into their future work. Hear more from Cameron Dermer and Julia Hales below.

Interview with Cameron Dermer

Laura: How do you think Mixed Reality is going so far?

Cameron: Really good, I enjoyed doing the Virtual Reality on Google Earth and working with Lincoln on my documentary about DADAA.

Laura: What have you learnt?

Cameron: I have learnt about different kinds of camera angles, computer technology and how to interview people. I’ve created the questions and rehearsed them before the film shoots. I have learnt to use the tripod, putting it up and down and how to pack it away. I have learnt to use eye contact when I’m talking to people or the camera.

Laura: Did Virtual Reality give you any new ideas/or what did you get out of using it?

Cameron:  It gave me good imagination. It made me feel happy because I was seeing the world and was  in outer space. I would like to use Virtual Reality more, like when I come to my sessions later in the year.

Laura: What would you most like to get out of Mixed Reality this year?

Cameron: More camera stuff. Film, finish and present my documentary in the cinema at DADAA.


Interview with Julia Hales

Laura: How have you found the experience of being a facilitator and leader for Mixed Reality?

Julia: It has gone really well, it has been a new experience for me. I have been able help other people with my leadership, I have always wanted to help other young artists in the world.

Laura: What have you learnt?

Julia: I have learnt so much in this project. I have learnt to help people with virtual reality. I would speak about what virtual reality means and make them feel comfortable and not afraid. I would also help to put on the headset so they could see another dimension and the future. I have enjoyed being part of the meetings and learning about the other artists, we work through the artists and I learn about what they are all making. I have also learnt to help other people with their goal setting and mapping their big dreams.

Laura: Did Virtual Reality give you any new ideas/or what did you get out of using it?

Julia: I’ve learnt how to do Tilt Brush, tilt brush means painting in different colours in the dark. I also tried Google Earth, I got to see different cities. Virtual Reality is good for people with all kinds of disabilities. It helps them to do things that they can’t do normally and it’s a way of escaping.

Laura: What would you most like to achieve as a mentor on Mixed Reality this year?

Julia: I would like to go to a Goal Setting workshop where I can get even more experience on how to help the other artists work towards their goals. I would do another workshop with the Mixed Reality Artists and see if they are moving closer towards their big dreams. Some day in the future I’d like to help down syndrome people to map out their dreams at the down syndrome association.



Jul 202017

It’s was raining because it’s wet so Liam and Steph are going outside and in the rain and walking in puddles.


Also Liam and Steph wearing the white t-shirt, blue paints, yellow rain corst and yellow gum boots and also Liam Holding umbrella and Steph keeping gurtar dry.

They on the way the Lisa’s House.