I'm Down with You
An Inspired Journey
Jagatjoti Khalsa & Darren Setter
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
I'm Down with You is a photography book and documentary film that tells a story, visually and in words, about the incredible people met along the path. The book and documentary shows us all something deep within our hearts through the presentation of this community of amazing people. With the gift of an extra chromosome, they are in fact not "disabled" but "abled" in their ability to love without hierarchy, have a strong self-esteem and to impact everyone they touch with an uplift found too rarely in our world these days.
We have new heroes and reminders that we can overcome adversity and love without fear or restriction and to be reminded of our potential. Within the Down syndrome community, there are not words, but actions – the action of grace, love, dwelling in the present and trust. We have new heroes, they just may not have been in the form we all expected.
The book contains over 100 photographs in the form of portraits and families along with essays by Betsy Goodwin, NDSS Founder; Sharon Stone, Actor and Activist; Anthony Shriver, CEO and Founder of Best Buddies; John Mcginley, Actor and National Spokesperson for Buddy Walk; and Jagatjoti Khalsa, photographer and creator of I'm Down with You. We have received the endorsement from every organization within this community.
All sales of this book on this website will be donated to the organizations which support all aspects of the Down syndrome community and to The Other Person is You foundation to serve other projects.
From our heart
We were very lucky to create this book and project. For over a year I traveled amongst the community of Down syndrome and what I found was lives spent dwelling in the moment, loving without hierarchy and a clear desire to have everyone succeed. While I had no personal involvement with this community, had never known anyone nor someone in my family connected to this community, with open arms they welcomed me and within these pages I share their stories, sweet faces and you get to see that the Other Person is You.
I hope that you will enjoy my journey and make it part of yours. As I wrote on my website, “ Since I was a young boy, my parents and teachers told me to stop staring and look away. This is my homage to what I had missed.”
Touched my heart deeply
After reading this book, my eyes and heart are open and filled with love. What amazing gifts these beautiful souls give to our world. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and showing us how we are all connected.
Deep Spiritual awakening
My son was an infant when this TRULY MAGICAL book was being captured on film by an enlightened, peaceful soul from outside the DS community. We dropped by to join the fun for one of the photoshoot days and left profoundly healthier and with a lighter load on our hearts--beaming with pride and hope for our family and the world.
That healing energy and unfaltering, calm, steady love oozes out of the binding in this book if you are lucky enough like me to have a bound copy. My son with Down syndrome ADORES leafing through the beautiful pages and imitating the poses and smiles of these amazing people and families. We hope to continue to meet and add more signatures to as many pages as we can.
Beautifying the world one photo and caption at a time! Thank you ever so much for this true treasure to our community and the world. I agree wholeheartedly with your preface that people and books like this gem do bring world peace closer and every step counts!