About the Project
The European Union for Trisomy 21
called EU for Trisomy 21 for short
has partners all over Europe.
These partners are local organisations
and organisations started by parents.
These organisations want to work together
to make the lives of people with Down Syndrome easier.
EU for Trisomy 21 organises events
online and in person.
These events help raise the attention and
people to stand up for their rights in Europe.
EU for Trisomy 21 has a project called ‘The Future is Ours’.
‘The Future is Ours’ is a project consisting of three on-line
and one in-person event between now and July 2023.
Members of the European Parliament
adopted a new EU Electoral Law in May 2022.
This new law says that:
every citizen in the European Union
who is 16 years and older
can vote for the elections
of the European Parliament.
This new law includes
people with intellectual disabilities.
This new law is good news.
Many countries in the European Union did not allow
people with intellectual disabilities to vote.
Now everyone can vote and take part in the elections.
The European Union still has a lot of work to do.
The European Union needs to have information in easy-to-read.
The European Union needs to make voting accessible.
So that everyone with an intellectual disability
can vote in the 2024 elections.
Many people with Down Syndrome
will vote for the first time.
EU for Trisomy 21 wants to make sure that
people with Down Syndrome are prepared
for the elections in 2024.
The European Union and the elections
need to be accessible to people with Down Syndrome.
EU for Trisomy 21 has 4 goals:
- Autonomy, to be independent and make decisions
- Visibility, be seen and heard
- Health, good doctors and support
- Equal Treatment, respect
We will hear from a lot of different people:
- People who make decisions
- People with Down Syndrome
Participants will have the chance to meet,
talk and find better ideas
to make the world a better place for
people with Down Syndrome.
About our first event
EU for Trisomy 21 will have the first
“The Future is Ours “-event
called: Time for more Autonomy.
Every European country has different laws.
Because of this,
not all people with disabilities
can achieve the same things.
So what does an autonomous life mean
for people with Down Syndrome?
It is hard to find a balance between
living by yourself
and needing assistance.
The person with Down Syndrome
needs to decide for themselves:
What do I want?
The support system helps
with the question:
How can I do this?
This applies to everything,
from living situations and work,
And the question of how can I vote
and make a difference for people like me?
Our event in December will make sure that
people with Down Syndrome
are prepared for the next elections.
And that the European Union is prepared for us!
We hope many people with Down Syndrome
will come to the event.
We would like to hear about your life and experiences.
Our event will take place on
7 December at 18:00 hour.
The event is on Zoom.
You can sign up here.
© European Easy-to-Read Logo: Inclusion Europe
Why Easy To Read is important
Easy-to-read information is important
for people with intellectual disabilities.
It is important so they can
- Learn new things.
- Take part in society.
- Know their rights and stand up for them.
- Make their own choices.
A platform for the collaboration of associations, citizens and politicians working together for the celebration of World Down 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).