Portraits and Stories of Individuals with Down Syndrome
by Noah Fallis, Jacquie McKechnie and Amber Boyd
Noah Fallis is a renowned Commercial & Fashion Photographer. Wanting to give back to the community, and because of his association with individuals with Down syndrome, wanted to create a book that featured families who have a member with Down syndrome, believing that the beauty he seeks to portray is in every individual, regardless of their ability.
We learn and remember through pictures - across languages and cultural barriers but information is also communicated through “stories”. The combination of pictures and authentic stories to inform the broader community about children and families touched by Down syndrome is both unique and powerful. It is our goal that this book will help build positive attitudes towards individuals with Down syndrome.
Ups and Downs is a registered, non-profit, volunteer-run organization for parents, families and friends of people with Down syndrome. Founded in 1984 by a group of concerned parents, Ups and Downs now provides a wide variety of services and personal involvement opportunities to the Calgary area and Southern Alberta.