RENFREWSHIRE children with Down’s Syndrome are starring in an innovative educational resource aimed at raising awareness amongst schoolkids across the UK.

Produced by Paisley-based charity I Am Me Scotland, the new resource includes a short film, animation and interactive classroom lesson narrated by children who have the condition.

It was launched on October 1 to coincide with the start of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month and will be available free of charge to schools throughout the UK via the charity’s online learning platform.

The lesson includes an animation featuring characters based on seven youngsters involved in the video.

As well as raising awareness of Down’s Syndrome, the lesson celebrates the abilities and achievements of children with the condition and the joy they bring to their loved ones.

For example, six-year-old Rian, from Inchinnan, loves to dance and uses Makaton to help aid his speech, while nine-year-old Renfrew girl Charlotte tells about her favourite and least favourite foods.

Carol Burt-Wilson, founder of I Am Me, said: “Working with the children to develop this lesson has been an incredible experience.

“Making education inclusive facilitates the opportunity for children and young people to learn the importance of understanding and respecting difference, whilst helping to tackle stigma and prejudice.”

Eddie McConnell, chief executive of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, added: “It is a fantastic resource and we are sure it will serve as an amazing awareness-raising tool for children and young people that will show them the potential of everyone living with an extra chromosome and encourage them to create a more including society for everyone.”

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