DSi in Turkey

Adults with Down syndrome on stage
A room full of people at the project launch event

What we have done and what we can do

Down Turkey are currently working to train people with Down syndrome to become self-advocates and support them to start self-advocacy groups. DSi is acting as a consultant on self-advocacy and providing training and mentoring.


DSi delivered the training for facilitators and support persons in December, which was a great success. Down Turkey is currently forming the self-advocacy group and aims to have the first meeting in late January.

About the project

Over the course of a year Down Turkey will:

  • Learn how to train and support self-advocacy groups
  • Establish a self-advocacy group of people with Down syndrome
  • Support them to develop their skills and knowledge and begin to engage in advocacy work.

At the end of the first year Down Turkey aims to use their experience of supporting the first group to establish self-advocacy groups in cities across Turkey.


DSi’s role

DSi is acting as a consultant on self-advocacy for this project. This involves:

  • Adapting our self-advocacy training manual and curriculum for the Turkey context
  • Delivering training in Istanbul over 4 days on effective support and facilitation of self-advocacy groups
  • Providing ongoing mentoring to Down Turkey through the year as they work with their group
  • Returning to Istanbul to deliver follow up training to address any arising issues or problems.


Potential impact of this project

For a person with Down syndrome self-advocacy is about developing their skills, knowledge and self-confidence to be able to engage with people effectively, take part in work or social situations, and understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens. It is also about taking action and advocating for change, whether at personal, local or national level. This can happen individually or as a group. For many people with Down syndrome self-advocacy has a profound impact on their lives – providing them with the confidence to take control and participate in their communities with confidence.