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Beyond the myths exhibition

Gothard, J. and Neumann, M. (1997) Beyond the myths exhibition.


Down syndrome is the most common form of intellectual disability and occurs at a rate of about one in eight hundred live births in Western Australia, as it does throughout the world. Yet it remains largely a mystery to those not touched by it directly. Myths, rather than realities, are how the general public see Down syndrome. The aim of the exhibition was to breakdown some of the commonly held myths about Down syndrome, to highlight the individuality of each person with Down syndrome and to show their potential. The intention was to show people with Down syndrome leading not extraordinary, but 'ordinary' lives.

Through a series of black and white photographs focusing on the daily lives of people with Down syndrome, this exhibition highlights the richness and variety of their everyday experiences. Young children and their families, teenagers and adults pursuing independent lives and activities, are all featured. We hope you enjoy the photos and the all-important text that goes with each one.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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Notes: Curated by: Jan Gothard; Photographs by: Mona Neumann. This exhibition ran between February - May 1997.
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