Self-advocates with Down syndrome
The Rwanda Down Syndrome Organisation (RDSO) has been very busy since our last update, despite various different COVID-19 restrictions being in place.
The group has met 5 times in the past few motnhs, covering topics including an introduction to human rights, the right to education, and the right to employment. The group also picked a name for their group, 'Hirwa', meaning 'Blesses'.
The next step for the group will be to develop an advocacy plan for advocating for employment opportunities, with support from RDSO. People with Down syndrome make excellent employees but are not yet being given opportunities in Rwanda, due to discrimination and underestimations of their abilities. We believe that people with Down syndrome themselves make the best advocates, as they can speak from the heart of their aspirations and the barriers they experience.
One of the group members, Eric, is working with us to develop a webinar on employment in Rwanda. He will be interviewing other people with Down syndrome in Rwanda to understand their work aspirations and obstacles they face. They will develop a webinar which will be delivered to employers, policy makers, family members, and other key stakeholders when trying to promote the employment of people with Down syndrome.
We would like to say a big thank you to all of you who have donated to this project! Your generous donations enable RDSO to continue this important work empowering people with Down syndrome in Rwanda, with support from us.