A Royal Boost for Artists with Down Syndrome

by Colette Moran

The royal family is bringing the talents of the disabled into the limelight.

Duke and Duchess William and Kate are purchasing a painting from an established British artist for Prince George’s nursery. That wouldn’t be such headline-making news except the very talented artist, Tazia Fawley, happens to have Down syndrome. This could be an amazing thing for kids and adults with DS, and other special needs.

Tazia’s been painting for ten years, mainly landscapes and seascapes. She is a member of Heart and Sold, a charity supporting and showcasing artists with Down syndrome. Fawley had painted the acrylic Rupert Flies Over the Clifton Suspension Bridge several years ago. The director of the nonprofit sent a letter to St. James Palace asking whether the royal couple would like the painting to honor the new baby. Yes, they did.

Here is the artist at work in a studio she shares with her mother.


And here is the piece she created.


In other news about children with Down Syndrome, a free (donations optional) online event will be held on October 21 and November 30 that “offers parents and early years professionals guidance about speech development for children with Down syndrome and how DSE’s See and Learn programmes can be used to teach early sound discrimination and speech production skills.” Find more info here


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