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Down Syndrome Visual Awareness Event

Stuart Humphrey of Williams Optometrists recently organised to run a series of events to highlight Down Syndrome Visual Awareness week with a special party deliberately timed to fall both on Global Down Syndrome Awareness Day AND be in the middle of the Down Syndrome Visual Awareness week.

In attendance:-
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mayrse Iles
The last mayor Cllr Jackie Govier
Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist Mr Vernon Geh, plus
Adam Dibble of Dibble Optical, 2012 Frame Manufacturer of the year with a new range of spectacle frames for children with Down Syndrome, Stuarts’ Optometrist colleague from Southend Hospital Elizabeth Agrippa and Laura Roberts, Southend Hospital Orthoptist.

….and of course their special guests, about 10-15 Children and Adults with Down Syndrome

They did Tea and Cakes, Lucky Dip, Helium Balloons, and sold T’Shirts.

……and very importantly RAISED AWARENESS!!!

The event was very successful with a good turn out. They were delighted with the response and pleased that it helped to raise awareness.
It was interesting to note that a significant number of those attending were not aware of the reduced visual ability of those with Down Syndrome.

Stuart commented  ‘As a parent myself, it is easy to find yourself concentrating on other health aspects. Those with Down Syndrome rarely complain, consequently, it needs us to speak a little for them on occasion.’

Thanks to Stuart and all involved for helping to raise awareness of this issue.

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