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Watch: woman defies Down syndrome stereotypes

by | Oct 17, 2018

“This is me. Take me as I am.”

Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The following is reposted from the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. There is a video also at

Heidi Crowter
(BBC video capture)

Heidi Crowter defies ­common stereotypes about individuals with Down syndrome. At 23 years old, she has a job, lives independently, and is in a happy relationship with her boyfriend, James.

Liz, Heidi’s mother, is proud of her daughter’s accomplishments:

I think to move into your own flat, age 20, is amazing. I’m very proud that you do all your own shopping and housework.

Heidi loves her job as an assistant at a local hair salon, and believes that her boyfriend is the best boyfriend in the world. But she struggles when people judge her for having Down syndrome:

[Heidi says] “It makes me feel like I’ve got no value in life. But I do. Like that bearded lady said in the movie, The Greatest Showman, “This is me. Take me as I am.”

Categories: Down Syndrome