CHAMBERSBURG (Sept. 27, 2019) – October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. To celebrate, Chambersburg photographer Philip Whitley has created a special collection of photos depicting community members living with Down Syndrome.
WellSpan Summit Health is displaying the collection in an exhibit in Building 2 at WellSpan Health Campus. The exhibit opened today and runs through October.
The public can meet Whitley and some of his Down Syndrome subjects during a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday Oct.18.
The exhibit spotlights contributions Down syndrome individuals make to society daily, Patrick O’Donnell, President and CEO of WellSpan Summit Health, said.
“We are an organization that celebrates diversity and inclusion in our staff, our patients and our community,” he said.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome. Individuals who have Down syndrome attend school, work and contribute to society in many ways.
Whitley frequently focuses his camera on projects like the Down Syndrome exhibit. He said he loves to create art that celebrates people not always celebrated or photographed.
“I love the feeling,” he said. “These projects open my eyes to the beauty of our world and gives me a way to show that beauty to the community with every click of my camera.”
The display will be visible to the public during business hours in the WellSpan Health Campus, Building 2, 12 St. Paul Drive, until Nov. 1st 2019.