Lize is a 25-year-old Dutch woman with Down syndrome. She has attended regular middle and secondary schools, as well as green schools and catering training courses. She has taken part as an athlete in the Special Olympic European Youth Games in Rome and as an ice-skater in the USA, where she has been awarded several gold metals. She has been living on her own for 4 years and works in a supermarket in the village where she lives. Last year Lize became quite famous as an actress of 'Downistie', a Dutch soap opera that caused a heated debate all over Holland. Lize has a boyfriend, Ruben. They are planning to get married and are considering whether or not having any children. She is a happy person and her experience shows how important being loved and stimulated is for these people to be an integral part of society

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