'Carpool Karaoke'-style video celebrating children with Down syndrome goes viral

A 'Carpool Karaoke' style video featuring children with Down Syndrome singing along with their mothers has gone viral.

A 'Carpool Karaoke' style video featuring children with Down syndrome singing along with their mothers has gone viral. 

The video, made in Britain in support of World Down Syndrome Day, features 50 mums and their children using sign language to sing along in the car.  Families across the UK spent months recording the clips in the style of late night host James Corden's popular series, Carpool Karoke. 

Since its release, it's been watched and shared by over 300,000 people across the globe, including Corden who called the video "beautiful," tweeting how it brought him to tears.  

Corden tweeted a second time, calling it "the most beautiful Carpool Karoke ever."

It also caught the attention of American singer-songwriter Christina Perri, whose track "A Thousand Years" is featured in the video.

The idea for the video was put forward on a Facebook group called Designer Genes, set up for parents with children with Down syndrome.

One mother came up with the concept as a way of raising awareness about the condition, to "show the world just how ordinary and fun life is" and how they "wouldn't change a thing".

The video released ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, accompanied by the hashtag #wouldntchangeathing.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that affects 13, 000 people in Australia.

According to Down syndrome Australia, everyone with the condition will have some level of intellectual disability, and for some, speaking clearly can be difficult.

"There will be some delay in development and some level of learning difficulty. Because everyone is unique, the level of delay will be different for each person," the organisation states on its website

"Although a lot of people with Down syndrome speak fluently and clearly, many will need speech and language therapy to achieve this. Very often, people with Down syndrome can understand a lot more than they can express with words."

Published 19 March 2018 at 8:04am, updated 19 March 2018 at 10:01am
Source: SBS