What is EU for Trisomy 21 ?
A platform for the collaboration of associations, citizens and politicians working together for the celebration of World Down's syndrome Day, to make visible the intellectual disability in general and persons with trisomy 21 in particular (most common intellectual disability of genetic origin, also called Down syndrome).
EU for Trisomy 21 promotes the collaboration and the sharing of information in order to raise awareness and increase the participation in the celebration of World Down's syndrome Day (March 21st) in the European Parliament and in Europe. Our platform is beginning its activities for the international celebration of 2020 but aims above all to make 2021 a central year for people with trisomy 21.
The European Union has the legal competency to produce legislation tackling the problems regarding people with disabilities: Health, Employment, Discrimination, Education, Human rights… Nevertheless, year after year the budgets and the European projects concerning people with intellectual disabilities decrease or stagnate. An alliance is needed to make visible in the society the aspirations of people with intellectual disabilities and push the EU institutions to action in favour of the most vulnerable. The World Down Syndrome Day is the perfect moment for such an alliance.
What does EU for Trisomy 21 want ?
We want the needs of people with intellectual disabilities to become a priority on the European agenda in order to guarantee real equality between citizens.
People with disabilities are not present in the political environment, are not present in the labour market neither in the media. If people with disabilities are not visible in the society, it’s impossible to create the necessary changes.
EU anti-discrimination legislation has come a long way in recent years for the various minority groups, except for people with disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities need some special accommodations to ensure that those laws and jurisprudence protect them and not only in theory.
The European Union must act in the best interest of people with intellectual disabilities to ensure their right to a “a high level of human health protection” as established by the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union.
In order to guarantee independence and freedom of choice for people with intellectual disabilities, we must promote their autonomy. To this end the EU must encourage medical research program with therapeutic goals and inclusive innovative social projects that integrate in the society their diversities.