These pictures of children with Down Syndrome dressed as Disney characters taken by a U.K. based photographer are going viral.
The photographer in question is Nicole Louise Perkins, a full-time teaching assistant at a special needs secondary school and a photographer on the side.
“There is just something so amazing about children with special needs,” she explained.
“Each person involved had their own page with their story and any advice their parents would give to new parents who have just been given a diagnosis,” she said.
From babies to young adults, Nicole has done 32 photoshoots with people who have Down Syndrome. According to her, the response was so great that she wanted to do it again this year with a Disney theme.
“There is something magical about Disney and I have always been a massive fan so I thought it would be perfect,” Nicole said.
Nicole has posted photos for several weeks this fall from her Disney photoshoots. One of these photos got more than 40,000 shares on Facebook since Monday night.
“Each and every child involved has Down syndrome and don’t they just look FABULOUS!” she wrote. “As Walt Disney said- ‘If you can dream, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started by a mouse.'”
“I hope the project helps people realize that Down syndrome isn’t scary and that the people that have Down syndrome don’t have less of a life,” Nicole said. “They have great lives and along with that, they make the lives of the people around them much richer.”
Nicole said she’s received many supportive messages from all over the world.
“Comment after comment of how happy the images had made people, how much they love them and just so much positivity — it left me feeling so full inside,” she said. “One of the best things was a personal message I received of a woman saying thank you and that her thoughts have now changed if she was to have a baby with Down syndrome and that was the best because that is the whole aim of the campaign.”
According to Nicole, the Facebook post has reached more than 14 million people and it’s a “lovely feeling” to have affected that many people.
“One guy has brought a Down With Disney calendar for his tattoo shop the other side of the world… now if that’s not helping raise awareness I don’t know what is!” she wrote.