“My Friends, My Community” - the benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults.
People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.
The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, creating communities where children and adults with Down syndrome cannot integrate successfully with their peers.
But where children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this and environments of friendship, acceptance, respect for everyone and high expectations are created.
Not only this, but these environments prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.On World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March 2016, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Friends, My Community” and get the world talking about the benefits for everyone of inclusive environments ... read more on World Down Syndrome Day 2016
United Nations: 5th World Down Syndrome Day Conference
“My Friends, My Community” - the benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults. The World Down Syndrome Day Conference is sponsored by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Australia, Brazil, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mongolia, Poland and Singapore, UNICEF, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and International Disability Alliance.
21 March 2016 - New York