Throughout the month of October, the Flower City Down Syndrome Network is highlighting the talents and opportunities of individuals with down syndrome. One of the ways is through photography and includes an exhibit called "Rays of Sunshine: A Look at Down Syndrome."
Local photographers, Black Radish Studio and Flower City Down Syndrome Network have put together a photographic exhibit to show the achievements, love and abilities of people with down syndrome.
"Rays of Sunshine" includes the work of 35 children who are part of the Flower City Down Syndrome network. At first, the group made a calender of kids to celebrate them. After pre-selling 500 of them, the group decided to have an exhibit to spread awareness and show off their talents.
"My son, he's six. He's no different than any other child. We want awareness. We want people to know that it's a beautiful thing to have a gift like a child that has down syndrome," said Chris Tumminelli, Flower City Down Syndrome Network president. "It's no different than any other child and he'll do everything that other kids do. And we want to spread awareness. We want people to understand that our kids are part of the community too."
"Rays of Sunshine'" is on display at Black Radish Studio located in the Village Gate, at 274 North Goodman Street. The exhibit opens Friday, Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 25.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It occurs in one in every 691 live births.