A BARRHEAD teenager who has Down’s Syndrome is starring in an innovative educational resource aimed at raising awareness amongst schoolkids across the UK.

Produced by Paisley-based charity I Am Me Scotland, the new resource includes a short film, animation and interactive classroom lesson narrated by children who have the condition.

It was launched on October 1 to coincide with the start of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month and will be available free of charge to schools throughout the UK via the charity’s online learning platform.

The lesson includes an animation featuring characters based on seven youngsters involved in the video.

As well as raising awareness of Down’s Syndrome, the lesson also celebrates the abilities and achievements of children with the condition and the joy they bring to their loved ones.

For example, 16-year-old Barrhead girl Grace explains her love of concerts and dancing.

Carol Burt-Wilson, founder of I Am Me Scotland, said: “Working with the children to develop this lesson has been an incredible experience.

“Making education inclusive facilitates the opportunity for children and young people to learn the importance of understanding and respecting difference, whilst helping to tackle stigma and prejudice.”

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