DSi's Capacity Development Officer Nathan Rowe recently took part in a BRIDGE CRPD-SDG Training of Trainers course in Brighton, United Kingdom along with 15 other participants from around the world. This is one of three modules required to become a BRIDGE CRPD-SDG trainer, with the remaining two to take place in 2018.
BRIDGE CRPD-SDG is a joint training initiative of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training provides disability rights activists with intensive advocacy training, to enable them to make public policies in their countries more disability inclusive. It uses the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as tools for advocacy. The training is designed to be inclusive of all people with disabilities, including people with Down syndrome.
As a member of IDA, DSi is working hard to ensure that all of the excellent initiatives IDA is working on are fully inclusive of people with Down syndrome.
Human rights advocacy at the international, national and local political level can make a real difference to enable people with Down syndrome to get access to healthcare, education, employment and participation in society, alongside other measures.
The strongest advocates for change are people with Down syndrome themselves and through BRIDGE CRPD-SDG and DSi's self-advocacy projects, we are working to enable individuals to speak for themselves and all people with Down syndrome and disabilities.
Once Nathan is a qualified trainer, he will be supporting disability rights activists across the world, including people with Down syndrome and their supporters.