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(Part 2) World Down Syndrome Day Conference 2013 - Theme: Right to work
21 Mar 2013 -  The 2nd World Down Syndrome Day Conference has been organised by Down Syndrome International (DSi) in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Poland, UNICEF, and UNDESA, with the support of other civil society organizations The theme of the 2013 Conference is “Work and Employment, Article 27 of the UN CRPD”, as it specifically relates to people with Down syndrome.
Access to employment is critical for persons with Down syndrome to realize their full potential and live independent lives. Persons with Down syndrome often lack opportunities in education to equip them for employment. They face multiple barriers to gaining employment, including inadequate access to training opportunities, and discriminatory employment practices.
Furthermore, many private and public sector organizations lack the knowledge on the benefits of employing persons with disabilities, including Down syndrome. Other organizations understand this inherent value, but they lack the human resources policies and programmes that prepare people with Down syndrome for success in the workplace. The World Down Syndrome Day Conference 2013 will provided an opportunity for governments, NGOs, private sector companies, and persons with Down syndrome, to come together and share their collective expertise on these issues in a global setting.