Our documentary film, Amber and Me, made over 5 years, will be released on 21 March, 2021, World Down's Syndrome Day in partnership with around 25 cinemas.
The 60-minute film is about twin sisters, Olivia and Amber, who has Down's syndrome, as they navigate through the first few years of school. As Amber starts to struggle at school, Olivia tries to help her, so that they can stay at the same school together.
The film has been very well received and the Mail on Sunday said it was "one of the most touching portrayals of childhood that you're ever likely to see."
The film has important messages about diversity, inclusion, and friendship and after seeing the film several parents have urged us to try and make the film available to schools.
So our aim is to send the film with an activity pack to as many primary schools as possible so that they have ready-made materials for discussions on inclusion and diversity.
Not many people realise that almost 15% of all children at schools have SEND (Special Educational Needs and / or a Disability). Understanding how we can have a more inclusive society will not only be very important in schools, but also for wider society.
The money raised will go towards paying an author to help write the materials for the pack; to pay for delivery of the film and materials to schools; towards a coordinator to do that work; and to pay for a re-edited, shorter version of the film.
We will also be using funds from sales of the film towards the schools campaign, but any additional money would be extremely helpful in offering the pack to as many schools as possible.
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