Gen Z Project

Are you curious about the perspective of individuals with Down syndrome and the challenges they encounter? Do you want to learn how to communicate with them more effectively and meet their needs?

This podcast explores these questions by deliving into the findings of a research project conducted by the Down Syndrome Research Program at The University of Queensland, Australia. Our study focused on the experiences of Generation Z individuals with Down syndrome, and what sets it apart is that four of the researchers who collected the data were adults with Down syndrome themselves.

Join us on this journey of discovery as we work towards building a more inclusive society and creating a better future for individuals with Down syndrome.

Zest for life

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the life experiences of Gen Zs with Down syndrome. Our guests share their unique perspectives on what it's like to navigate the world as a person with Down syndrome in today's society. We explore topics such as education, employment, relationships, and social inclusion, shedding light on the challenges and opportunities that this community faces.

Whether you're a parent, educator, healthcare professional, or simply curious about the experiences of people with Down syndrome, this episode offers valuable insights into the lives of Gen Zs with Down syndrome.

Myths about Down syndrome

In this episode, we debunk some of the most common myths about Down syndrome. Despite advances in research and education, misconceptions and stereotypes about Down syndrome still persist. These myths can create barriers to inclusion and opportunities for people with Down syndrome, preventing them from living their best lives.

Our guests share their personal experiences of living with Down syndrome and dispel some

of the common misconceptions that surround it. We discuss topics such as intelligence, independence, and quality of life, challenging the assumptions that people often make about individuals with Down syndrome.

Whether you are a parent, family member, caregiver, or simply interested in learning more about Down syndrome, this episode will provide valuable insights into the realities of living with this condition. By addressing these myths head-on, we hope to promote greater understanding, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome.

How to communicate with people with Down syndrome


In this final episode, we focus on one of the most important aspects of building relationships with individuals with Down syndrome: communication. Communicating with someone with Down syndrome can be challenging, but it's essential to establish a strong connection and support their development.

We'll explore the common communication difficulties that can arise when interacting with individuals with Down syndrome, such as speech and language delays,

difficulty understanding abstract concepts, and challenges with expressive language.

We'll also provide practical strategies that you can use to improve communication, such as using visual aids, simplifying language, and being patient and empathetic.

We'll also discuss the importance of active listening and building trust to create a safe and supportive environment for communication.