The touching video, which was released ahead of World Down Syndrome Day (21st March 2018), has gone viral, reaching well over one million views on YouTube. In the video 50 mothers and their children are seen lip syncing and performing Makaton to the tune of Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years.’ Makaton is a language programme designed to provide a means of communication to individuals who cannot communicate efficiently by speaking. The aim of the video is to encourage people to talk about Down Syndrome inclusion.
The mums are all part of a Facebook group known as “Designer Genes” created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013/14. They got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing”.
A social media campaign was launched alongside the video release – #RockYourSocks encourages people to share photos of themselves wearing mismatched socks.
“People take one look at her and assume she is not intelligent.”
Five-year-old Chloe wants you to wear odd socks to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome – and her brilliant video has been seen across the world. @DSAinfo #WorldSyndromeDay #WDSD18 #RockYourSocks pic.twitter.com/SydcR0leEM
— 5News (@5_News) March 16, 2018
As much as I hate having my paws covered I’m making an exception today, we’re all celebrating World Down Syndrome Day in our house by rocking #lotsofsocks 🧦 #rockyoursocks #wdsd2018 #wdsd18 #dsapfamily #GuideDog @guidedogs pic.twitter.com/ZT2lsWQurF
— Kika 🇬🇧 (@Kika_GuideDog) March 21, 2018
The video prompted James Corden, the host of “The Late Late Show” where the “Carpool Karaoke” segment began, to tweet:
— James Corden (@JKCorden) March 16, 2018
Christina Perri, who reportedly gave the video creators permission to use the video, expressed her admiration for the project.
— christina perri (@christinaperri) March 16, 2018