IRVINE youngster Chloe Lennon is the star narrator of a new short film featuring children who have Down’s Syndrome.

The eight year old has been an ambassador for Down’s charities - and is already a veteran of video, fashion and magazine shoots.

She joins six other Scottish children with Down’s syndrome in the innovative educational resource aimed at raising awareness of the condition amongst schoolchildren throughout the UK and dispelling the stigma and myths associated with it.

The resource, produced by the multi award-winning Paisley-based charity I Am Me Scotland, includes a short film, animation and an interactive classroom lesson narrated by children who have Down’s syndrome.

It is being launched on October 1 to coincide with the start of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month.

 

The Irvine youngster has become a model.

The Irvine youngster has become a model.

 

It will be available free to schools in Scotland and throughout the UK via the charity’s on-line learning platform.

The lesson, which includes an exciting new animation featuring characters based on the seven youngsters involved in the video, is narrated by Chloe Lennon, a primary four pupil at Castle Park Primary school.

I Am Me Scotland was set up to educate young people and the wider community about disabilities, bullying and hate crime. Every year in Scotland, around 70 babies are born with Down’s syndrome, which is when the child is gifted with an extra chromosome in their DNA.

It is estimated that about 4,500 people in Scotland are living with Down’s syndrome.

As well as raising awareness of Down’s syndrome amongst schoolchildren, the video, animation and lesson also celebrate the abilities and achievements of children with the condition and the love and joy they bring to their parents, families and friends.

 

Chloe at home.

Chloe at home.

 

As Chloe explains in the introduction to the lesson: “As you can see we’re all different, unique individuals, with likes and dislikes. However, we do have one little thing in common; well apart from all being amazing, we would like to tell you about Down’s syndrome.”

The resource was made with the assistance of Wouldn’t Change a Thing, a UK-wide charity which aims to change outdated perceptions of Down’s syndrome and Down’s syndrome Scotland, established in 1982 and dedicated solely to supporting people with Down’s syndrome and their families and carers.

Tania Charlton, Director of Wouldn’t Change a Thing, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this world first – an eight-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome educating the wider world about the detail of her condition.”