The right to work and to have an independent life, these were the unanimous requests of all people with Down Syndrome of 15 European delegations who attended "WDSD 2014: Our Voices Our Rights" Press Conference, at the European Parliament. The event, which was held on the 20th of March in Brussels was organized by EDSA to celebrate the WDSD 2014.
The press conference was preceded by a flash mob performed in the square in front of the EU Parliament: people with Down Syndrome, all together have shaped the digits "21".
Here you can read the speeches of representatives of the 15 participating countries at the press conference.
Ángela Bachiller has become the first councillor in Spain with Down Syndrome. From now on this young woman will be member of the Town Hall of Valladolid, a city of 300,000 inhabitants in northern Spain. Ángela, 30, has been working until now as administrative assistant in the Department of Social Welfare.
EDSA welcome this news and hope it will encourage the participation of people with Down Syndrome in community and political life. Get more information here.
The Down Syndrome Association of the Balearic Islands (ASNIMO) was protagonist during the entire month of March of the awareness-raising campaign "Tots Donam una Mà" (Let's All Give a Hand) run by Grupo IB3 (Balearic Islands Radio and Television), which covers a different social cause every month. Thanks to this initiative, the programming included interviews and reports with people with Down Syndrome, their families, and professionals from ASNIMO. We believe that this campaign has made it possible for the people of the Balearic Islands to be more aware of the skills that people with D.S. use in their different jobs at the companies where they work, as well as in the programmes on autonomy and independent life in which they learn life skills.
Moreover, Grupo IB3 accompanied us on 21 March, as a witness to the Open Day organised at our facilities to celebrate WDSD. Throughout the day there were leisure activities, workshops and exhibitions of the craftwork produced at our work centres. A press conference was held during which a collaboration agreement was signed with the marketing and communication agency "Palma Comunicación", which will be advising us on corporate image matters. Furthermore, the DSI video "Let Us In – I Want to Learn!" was screened along with the commercial spot produced by AVESID-ASNIMO "We Were All Born Free and Equal". The event was very well received and over 600 people came to meet us at ASNIMO.
The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights inspired the Venezuelan Association for Down Syndrome (AVESID) and the Down Syndrome Association of the Balearic Islands (ASNIMO) to create the spot "We are all born free and equal". The aim of this video is make aware the society regarding the rights of people with D.S.