Aug 012017

Today Finn and I edited the Wikipedia page of the character Gina Austin from Home and Away.

In the storyline section it spoke about Ruby Leeds, played by Tracie Sammut, who was Gina’s son Brendan’s girlfriend. Ruby has Down syndrome and the page referred to her as “a sufferer of Down Syndrome”. We changed the line over to say “a woman who has Down syndrome”.

People who have Down syndrome aren’t “sufferers”. Down syndrome is a part of them.

I want the pages about my favourite TV show Home and Away to be better – to use the right words to describe people who have Down syndrome.

I also think Home and Away is ready to have a recurring character with Down syndrome – me!

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