With the participation of 20 trainees, Emirates Down Syndrome Association concludes the first phase of the Self-Advocacy Programme
The Emirates Down Syndrome Association (EDSA) has announced the completion of the first phase Self-Advocacy Programme at Swissôtel Al Ghurair Hotel in collaboration with Down Syndrome International (DSI) in the United Kingdom. The programme, represents one of the most important pillars of the World Down Syndrome Congress Dubai 2020, which the UAE won to host for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.
Dr. Manal Jaroor, EDSA Chairperson, stated that the programme aimed to train 20 trainers from various disciplines related to people of determination representing government institutions and private centers in from all emirates.
Dr. Jaroor thanked the Swissôtel Al Ghurair Hotel, which hosted the programme, and said: The distinguished hosting and positive environment led to the success of the programme that contributes to improvement of the services provided for People of Determination.
Dr. Jaroor also praised all the participants who showed great commitment and dedication to achieve the programme objectives, especially that this programme will be continues until November 2020 and will form a solid core for self-advocacy of people with Down syndrome, and will benefit all participants in the applying all what they have learned during the programme in terms of self-advocacy for people of determination in general and those with Down syndrome in particular.
She added: Highlighting the voice of people with Down syndrome and enable them to express themselves and their needs and defend their rights, reflects the high level of care our beloved country dedicate for People of Determination.
For her part, Ms. Nawal Al Nasser, EDSA Vice Chairperson, mentioned that the program aims to train and qualify a group of People of Determination specialties in self-advocacy in the United Arab Emirates, to conduct self-advocacy training session for people with Down syndrome and enable them to express themselves, their opinions, and track their development until November 2020.
Al Nasser added: “The trained self-advocacy team will spread knowledge and share the self-advocacy concepts and principles with their colleagues and parents to enable people with Down syndrome in particular and People of determination in general to express themselves and enhance their self-confidence and ability to take their own decisions.
The accredited trainers by the Down Syndrome International (DSI) who conducted the programme praised the level of knowledge of the trainees, and the high level of People of determination rights in UAE.
Advocacy teams have been formed to establish a self-advocacy group with Down syndrome. There are ongoing meetings at which knowledge and experience are exchanged to acquire and develop practical skills for trainers with Down Syndrome who will participate actively in the World Down Syndrome Congress Dubai 2020.
DSI self-advocacy trainers will monitor and evaluate the performance of local self-advocacy trainers, discuss difficulties, develop appropriate solutions, and evaluating the overall outcome.