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Down's Syndrome Awareness Week: Making connections through technology

Ben uses Zoom to connect with othersHello. My name is Ben and I live in North Somerset. For this year’s Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, I wanted to share how I’ve been learning to use technology to connect with people.

This last year, because of lockdown, I have been using Zoom a lot. I love being able to talk to my family and friends. I have been able to take part in quizzes, like the Christmas quiz for the Brandon services in our area. We were really proud when we won, and it was great to have everyone take part.

I was also able to see my family on my Dad’s birthday at his Zoom party. This made me very happy because I haven’t seen my family as much as I would like this year. My sister brought round a piece of birthday cake for me, and we ate it together on Zoom.

I have also been doing sessions with People First and Slimming World. People First have been amazing because I can speak to my friends from school and make plans to do exciting things for when lockdown ends.

In the first lockdown, we did the clap for carers. I was in hospital at the beginning of the year and all the doctors and nurses looked after me so well, and I was really grateful to them. It felt good to clap with the whole street because I felt like I was clapping for them.

North Somerset

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