DSi just completed a 4 day training in Istanbul with Down Türkiye, a DSi national representative member. We trained a fantastic group on how to establish and support self-advocacy groups of people with Down syndrome. This is the first part of Down Türkiye’s project to start self-advocacy groups for people with Down syndrome across Turkey.
Self-advocacy groups help people with Down syndrome to develop key skills including: communicating effectively in different situations; team work and cooperation and expressing feelings and opinions assertively. The groups also support them to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens, participate in their communities, and to speak up about what is important in their lives.
DSi has been working with two very experienced consultants to develop and deliver the training, Nikki Henderson and Gary Kent. We will be continuing to support Down Türkiye over the next few months as they start their first group, and will be returning in 2018 to provide follow-up training.
This self-advocacy training is part of our broader work on self-advocacy including developing a Committee of National Representatives with Down Syndrome and organising an event for self-advocates at the UN headquarters in Geneva on World Down Syndrome Day in March.
We would like to say a big thank you to Steve Dixon and the Devon Safeguarding Adults Board for their support with the safeguarding section of the training. Here is a link to their website to see more about the very important work they do: