Empathy & equality for people with Down Syndrome
In order to become more familiar with the struggles of those with Down Syndrome and to help them better integrate into society, Hanyu assisted with painting classes at the YMCA art center in Singapore, and also participated in the Purple Parade, which raises awareness for those with special needs. "Compassion never equals to equality and respect. It was really important to provide them with same opportunities to stand on public stage and do something involving their efforts," Hanyu said. "Before we decide to "help" a certain group of people, we have to get close enough to them. We should not only give them material support, but also full respect by encouraging them to step outside shelters and do some work they are able to."
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