DSAIA Board Member Speaks at United Nations
It was the first time the United Nations has recognized the March 21st event. "For too long, persons with Down syndrome, including children, have been left on the margins of society," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a message to mark the World Day. For decades the UN has worked to ensure all persons are given the rights they deserve, and in doing so, they adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006.
Ban applauded the global partnership of those who gathered to bring awareness and help bring initiation to World Down Syndrome Day, saying that "let us each do our part to enable children and persons with Down syndrome to participate fully in the development and life of their societies on an equal basis with others. Let us build an inclusive society for all."
David was in good company as a great number of self-advocates and professionals spoke during the event. To watch the entire podcast, click here.
Quarterly Town Hall Meeting Planned
DSAIA's Education & Training Committee set a goal in late 2011 to work toward housing 1,000 items in the Repository by the end of 2012. Now, the committee will have to revise their goal as the Repository just passed the 1,100 mark! The latest items to be added to the Repository include employee/program evaluation tools, marketing samples and supporting documents from the 2012 DSAIA Leadership Conference.
I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio
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