Participants from countries across the globe meet, share knowledge, experiences and perhaps open new frontiers in improving the lives of people with Down’s syndrome.
The Congress focuses on Panchtatvas – Social Awareness & Self Determination, Health, Education & Employment, Support System, Rights and the Law for people with Down’s Syndrome.
The Congress opened with the world premiere of ‘Langdon Down, The Legacy’: a short film about the extraordinary Victorian building in London which is home to DSA UK. Built by Dr John Langdon Down in 1868 as a place where people with learning disabilities could be cared for and educated, it is widely regarded as the ‘spiritual home’ of Down’s Syndrome:
The scientific programme includes keynote lectures, state of the art sessions and workshops by international experts who will be addressing topics such as social inclusion, rights, education, health and employment.
Running in parallel with this programme, people with Down’s syndrome and their family members will share their knowledge and experiences in concurrent sessions.
Following on from the conferences held in Cape Town and Dublin, the successful and popular interactive workshop for adults with Down’s syndrome called PANCHAYAT (developed especially for adults with Down’s syndrome) provides a platform for voicing wishes and desires, exchanging ideas, and forming friendships.
Carol Boys, Gillian Bird and Sheila Heslam from DSA UK are giving presentations on:
Diagnosis and Early Intervention/Early Stimulation: how children are stimulated through interaction and play and how information for meeting specific needs can be shared. The implications of research into early hearing loss and language abilities will be discussed.
Establishing the DSA UK Helpline:how the helpline started and the interaction between the helpline and development of DSA resources, along with the use of information technology which supports the helpline and extends its usefulness.
Social inclusion at school:teaching practices that lead to children and young people being successfully included in their community schools. Focusing on the importance of understanding individual development & needs , the presentation will also outline new resources being developed for practitioners and parents.
Early intervention – a family affair:a discussion about early intervention, in particular how families can help their children through normality and moderation. The session will include examples of ordinary play and early learning activities & explain how these promote development.
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