The T21 Project is named after trisomy 21, a genetic disorder caused by a third copy of chromosome 21. This disorder is more commonly referred to as Down Syndrome.

My name is Juliet Furst and I’m a Berlin-based artist and photographer from North Carolina. This project was inspired by my amazing little sister Evangeline who has Down Syndrome, and whose story I’ve for a long time wanted to tell in photographs. In documenting the everyday lives of individuals with Down syndrome, my hope is to spread the understanding that these children and adults actually lead very normal lives. They can have many of the same hobbies, careers, achievements, and skills that anyone else can.

Here are a few examples:

  • they can play sports

  • they can dance

  • they can paint

  • they can read

  • they can learn to drive

  • they can live independently

  • they can teach

  • they can get married

  • they can have families

  • they can earn degrees

  • they can work

The list goes on. The hashtag #morealikethandifferent sums it up well.

I’m always looking for more participants, so head over to the Contact page if you or someone you know is interested in participating!