From 15th to17th November the annual general assembly (AGA) of the European Down-Syndrome Association was held in Rom. The meeting was organized by aipd, the Italian DS organization.The 37 participants represented 31 associations from 25 countries, a real international event.
Like in the years before the AGA was held on the Friday afternoon and the Sunday morning, while the Saturday was dedicated to a seminar around the topics “independent living and autonomy”. The group met in the Albergo Etico, a hotel where people with different disabilities are working.
Seminar: Independent Living
In the past months a survey about “independent living” was carried out among edsa members. The results were presented at the seminar. Speakers from 10 different countries talked about the housing situation for persons with Down Syndrome in general, the way assistance is organized and gave examples of interesting projects (program). Among the speakers were also three persons with Down-Syndrome presenting their experiences with living on their own.