While people with Down syndrome have gained more acceptance and inclusion in society over the years, there is still a stigma surrounding the condition, mostly due to lack of information and education. Ignorance is not always bliss, and when people don’t learn about what comes with that extra chromosome, it can close doors to beautiful relationships with beautiful people. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton opened up their hearts and their home by accepting a thoughtful gift from a UK woman with Down syndrome.
Tazia Fawley, 43, spent 6 months on her painting for the royal family. The colorful painting depicts a classic children’s character, Rupert the Bear, in the Bristol Balloon Festival in England. When the painting was complete, Suzie Moffat, the director of Heart & Sold, a non-profit organization that promotes artists with Down syndrome, photographed the painting and sent it to the royal family, asking if they were interested in it. She soon received an enthusiastic reply that the new parents would gladly accept the gift. Considering the royal couple’s history of requesting charity donations in lieu of gifts makes this exception even sweeter.
“In England, there always has been a stigma attached to (Down syndrome), and now that is washed away by the fact that the Duke and Duchess have accepted that painting,’’ Moffat told TODAY. “For this to happen, it’s kind of turned that negativity around.”
In an interview with the South West News Service, Fawley said, “I gave it to Kate and Wills as a present, because they seem like good people and they wanted to bring some color into their son’s nursery. I’m so excited to know that my painting will be seen by the most famous baby in the world.”
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