Since 2017, each year Down Syndrome International have organised a World Down Syndrome Day event at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.
The event is both a celebration of World Down Syndrome Day and a chance for self-advocates with Down syndrome to speak up to members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, government officials, and civil society representatives.
In 2019 the theme was “Leave No One Behind in employment” – we heard from self-advocates with Down syndrome about their right to employment. A recurring message from self-advocates was that they want to work. Those with jobs all enjoyed working and were successful in their jobs. Self-advocates spoke strongly about their right to work and to have a decent job with fair working conditions.
For 2020 the theme is “We Decide”. If you have Down syndrome, perhaps you would like to present at the 2020 event.
Here are some ideas for what you could present about:
- Times and places that you make decisions
- Important decisions that you make in your life
- Why is it important for you to make your own decisions
- Support you need to make good decisions
Read more and register to attend on the event page – Geneva 2020