World Down Syndrome day at the UN March 20, 2015

“My Opportunities, My Choices” – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families”

Inclusion International Co-hosted the 4th World Down Syndrome Day Conference 2015. The event was held  at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA on Friday March 20,2015

Andrew Boys, Director of DSi (Down Syndrome International), said in his opening speech that the inspiration for theme of the conference was Inclusion International’s Global Report on the Right to Decide

Why is the Right to Decide Important for Families?

Inés E de Escallón II regional representative for the Americas, and a family member herself, introduced Independent But Not Alone: II Global Report on the Right to Decide. A culmination of a two year international dialogue on Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the report presents the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities and their families on the right to decide.

See Inés presentation at (Inés begins speaking 5 minutes into the video)

A Passionate Life with Creative Supports

Inés son, Julián Escallón from Canada/Colombia presented from his personal experience A Passionate Life with Creative Supports. In his presentation, Julian shared how he is supported to surpass his struggles and achieve the life he loves.

Below is a video of Julián’s presentation.

Julian was born in Colombia. He moved with his family to Canada when he was 15.  He graduated from Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School in 2008 where he received the Christianity in Action Award 2007/2008 , and on graduation the Council for Exceptional Children `Yes I Can Award` 2008 (Employment Category).

Volunteer opportunities provided Julian with the desire to work, to become a leader and to help others.

After 5 years of work as a part-time associate with Maple Leaf Sport and Entertainment, in 2013 he received the 5 years award from MLSE that identifies him as an employee who excites every fan, inspires people at his job, is dedicated to the teams and is a leader in the community; values that describe him as the person he is.

Through his work today Julian is sharing his life, dreams and passions as an entrepreneur, valued employee, leader and musician who inspires others to realize the incredible opportunities that present themselves by following your passions.

Julian builds from his life, his opportunities and examples from others to bring messages of hope and achievements to others like him who struggle to be recognized as valued citizens.


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