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Children with disabilities in Romania Given a Chance to Show Their Talents

A child with Down syndrome at the dance event
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During Romania’s communist era, children with disabilities were shunned, often locked away in institutions or kept at home and deprived of schooling and social interactions, says The Columbian.

Recent shows in which children with Down syndrome had the starring roles illustrate how much that has changed since communism fell in 1989. At one event in Bucharest, youngsters with the genetic disorder staged a fashion show parading their own creations. The children also performed with a ballet ensemble on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in early December.

“The two shows were their chance to shine, to feel important and talented, to feel they bring a contribution to the world we live in,” said Georgeta Bucur, who leads the Down Plus Association, which promotes the inclusion in Romanian society of people with Down Syndrome. Since the pair of events, there have been others in the Romanian capital.

Bucur emphasized the positive impact such events have on children with Down syndrome, though she said that societal prejudice against them still exists. She also stressed the love and warmth the children give to those around them.

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