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The Five Year Old Girl Shining a Light on Down's Syndrome

By: Zaira

Chloe is just like any five year old and it's heart breaking when people take one look at her and assume she is not intelligent and she is not capable. She is capable, as are all people with Down’s Syndrome.

Chloe's mother, Jane

A video featuring five year old Chloe Lennon from Scotland has been watched 10 million times.

The video, posted on Jade’s Facebook, went viral and her mum said that the aim of the video was to break the stereotypes about Down’s syndrome.

Chloe made the video to promote World Down Syndrome day on 21 March.

After the video went viral, Jade was contacted by a mum-to-be in the US who had found out at her 20 week scan that her baby boy has Down’s syndrome. The expectant mother said she had been battling back and forth about whether to keep the baby or not.

Jade said: “She didn't know what to do. She told me she came across the video of Chloe and watched it, then looked at some of my posts on Facebook. She talked to her partner and showed it to him and they have decided to go ahead with the pregnancy based on seeing all the things Chloe has achieved."

Jade added that she felt “overwhelmed” with the response from the video and how positive the feedback was. Jade and Chloe are also starring in a video created by a group of mums who have children of the same age with the condition.

The “50 mums, 50 kids, one extra chromosome” video was made by the Designer Genes 2013-14 group after 50 mums filmed themselves in their cars.

The result is a message about disability, diversity and inclusion. The film will be released on Friday and aims to popularise the social media hashtag #wouldntchangeathing.