This post is specifically about videos for promoting Down Syndrome Awareness, and they are all easily accessible on YouTube.
This post will be updated as new videos come out or are recommended.
The Best Down Syndrome Awareness Videos
Not Special Needs
Awesome, super funny 2:00 short that’s great for anyone, really
Everyone Counts: My Friend Isabelle
Running just 3:59, this short video is meant for children around the ages of 5
Just Like You: 13:37 of well-rounded awareness-raising, good for kids a little older
Down Syndrome 101: Solid 5:16 video about the basics.
My only caveat: I want to be care of the things like “help them” because I think it’s more empowering and truthful to say we all help each other (and NOT JUST people with Down syndrome teaching people without Down syndrome to be patient, kind, and so forth; I know in my household, my daughter with Down syndrome taught my typically developing sons how to be more athletic and take risks)
Lea Goes to School: 2:43 short on Inclusion that has me sobbing like a small child. SO. GOOD.
These are not focused specifically for teens – they are just the ones that I thought would be a good fit with a lot of teens
Chromosomes R Us: 5:44 – Hilarious short about the chromosomal fundamentals, all actors with Down syndrome!
Libertad: 3:03 rad Spanish short meant for teens
Kids Meet A Woman with Down Syndrome: 5:58 video in which children of different ages – and teens – talk with a woman with Down syndrome about Down syndrome.
If The Shoe Was on the Other Foot: 3:00 video that shoes how it might be if the situations were reversed between a woman with Down syndrome and a woman without. This would be a great video for adults as well.
Down Syndrome in 60 Seconds: 60 second video on the basics of what Down syndrome is, exactly. This would be a great introduction for adults as well.
Things People with Down’s Syndrome Are Tired of Hearing: 4:44 – British video in which various individuals with Down syndrome talk about annoying stereotypes! This is a great one for teens and adults
For Adults & Trainings
These are the types of videos to start off a training that you might have with typically developing people, the type of videos that you can lead in with and then really flesh out stereotypes and use as tools to dive into deeper conversations.
Reasons to Celebrate: 1:48 – This is another masterpiece from CoorDown Onlus, and it’s suitable for all ages. It could be used to kick off a training for adults, or with kids (I lean a little more with teens for this one, but my kids loved it too).
Downistie: 3:04, Dutch video. Hold on minute 2:47!!!!
The Interviewer: 12:52, made by the brilliant Australian Bus Stop Films, this is an excellent, thought-provoking short.
Guest Room: Highly thought provoking 12 minute short film. I wrote a post on it that provides lots of areas of conversation, linked here.
Frank Stephens’ Speech on Down Syndrome: 7:14 testimonial about life with Down syndrome from a real expert
Indelible: 16:46 – gorgeous Indian short documentary on the lives of a few individuals with Down syndrome in India
Don’t Limit Me!: 4:18 – Megan Bomgaars’ message to teachers in schools is direct, powerful, and important
Born This Way: This trailer is about 3 minutes long. I think a full episode or a part of an episode of the hit A&E series, Born This Way, would make a great introduction to a Down Syndrome Awareness Training. So much in all of the episodes to springboard from!
Dear Future Mom: While targeting moms who are pregnant with a child with Down syndrome, this 2:13 short (tearjerking) video is told by people with Down syndrome, and addresses many fears that expectant parents face
Dreams in Reality: 4:10 – this video highlights everyday triumphs of many people with Down syndrome
Monica and David: 1:05:47 – full film. This is a documentary on two adults with Down syndrome who are in love. I wrote about it here; this is a great video to share either as a whole, or in parts.
John and Michael: 10:32 – an animated film on intimacy between two men with Down syndrome.
These can be great for anyone, but the focus is for parents who have a child with Down syndrome, or are expecting a child with Down syndrome.
I’ve been looking for this on YouTube but it’s not there (yet!). Message me if you see it so I can update this link!
Absolutely stunning, heart-piercing short video about welcoming a daughter with Down syndrome.
I’m hoping to augment this list of the best Down syndrome awareness videos, so please do list any of your favorites that I’ve missed in the comments!
Also note: I will not link to any videos that do have captions (even “craptions” – automatic YouTube captions). If I can’t “hear” it, I won’t promote it!
Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.