My Friends, My Community – what it means to be included. 20-26 March 2016In 2016, we celebrated people with Down’s syndrome, of all ages, who are part of our communities – at home, in schools and colleges, in workplaces, clubs and social groups.
Children and adults with Down’s syndrome must be able to enjoy full and equal rights alongside their peers. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities as and when they wish with the right support.
Some people may need extra support to do things that are not specifically for people with a learning disability and we need to encourage our wider communities to be appropriately inclusive.
When children and adults with Down’s syndrome are given opportunities to participate, the whole community benefits.
We sent our information packs out across the country:
- People with Down’s syndrome: your questions answered
- Down’s syndrome: information for friends and family to support new parents
- Celebrating Our Lives: life stories from adults with Down’s syndrome
- Did You Know?: 10 myth busting facts about Down’s syndrome
- My Friends, My Community: being included and discrimination
- Who we are and What we do: what support we can offer individuals and their families
- Benefits: an overview of what is available for children and adults with Down’s syndrome
- Tell It Right, Start It Right: information for maternity & healthcare staff to support expectant parents through the screening process
We kicked off Awareness Week on 20 March with our amazing World Down Syndrome Day Jump 21 – parachute jumps at 7 sites across the UK!
What our members and supporters did
People took our resources out into their communities to encourage others to include people with Down’s syndrome. Our resources were taken in to schools, clubs and workplaces.
Awareness Week 2016 was a chance for us all to share stories of positive inclusion and across the country, people did just that. Life stories were shared to break down barriers, to stop stereotypes and to provide more opportunities for children and adults with Down’s syndrome to live their lives fully with the right support.
There were some amazing fundraising events too; from skydives to marathons, from wearing LOTS OF SOCKS socks to cake sales, across the UK communities came together to include, celebrate and support people with Down’s syndrome.
Thank you to everyone who supported Awareness Week 2016. Together we can support people with Down’s syndrome throughout their lives.