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European Centre for the Rights of Children with Disabilities (ECRCD) organizes several events in order to celebrate for the first time in Romania, the World Down Syndrome Day.
On this occasion, ECRCD organizes, in partnership with Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination, a roundtable with the main institutional stakeholders focused on the issue of disability discrimination and on the rights of children with intellectual disability on 21 of March, an Extraordinary Concert in the benefit of Down Syndrome Children, on 22 of March and other awareness activities.
The Extraordinary Concert in the benefit of Down Syndrome Children – The Music of Fulfilled Wishes will take place at MIHAIL JORA Concert Hall andwill have as main guest, Mr. Sujeet DESAI, a 30 years talented musician from United States. The concert will benefit also from the presence of Ms. Cristina ANGHELESCU, the prime violin player of Romanian National Radio, the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Mr. Tiberiu OPREA, conductor of the Orchestra, Mr. Valentin TEODOSIU a consecrated Romanian Actor, and Ms. Paula SELLING a famous Romanian pop music singer accompanied by the BigBAND Orchestra conducted by Mr. Ionel TUDOR.
Mr. Sujeet DESAI’s presence in Romania is even more important if we consider his impressive profile development: he is sportive champion in several disciplines, he sings at 7 instruments and he is invited allover the world for concerts and personal development workshops and motivational discourses. Sujeet DESAI is a real International Ambassador of the persons with disabilities, being himself born with Down Syndrome. Through personal example and through the many medals won at the Paralimpics Games, Sujeet DESAI speaks to the world mostly about ABILITIES, than about DISABILITIES. In 2009 Sujeet DESAI was one of the spokespersons of the national American information Campaign on Down Syndrome launched by National Down Syndrome Society in SUA. His story can be read hereși here.
“By these events we want to show to the public how far can Down Syndrome children get if they benefit of the necessary intervention programmes based on an individual standards approach and to inform people about the beginning of a large awareness campaign on this matter in Romania. To the parents we intend to send a message of hope and perspective in relation to their children, by showing Sujeet’s example, to the general public we intend to send a message of tolerance and antidiscrimination and to the decision-makerswe intend to signal the importance of the early intervention mechanisms, based on individual standards and on an inclusive approach to education system that created the necessary premises for Mr. Sujeet Desai to become the International Ambassador of Down Syndrome.” Declared Madalina TURZA, the ECRCD President.
With the funds collected from this event, ECRCD intends to develop an early intervention program/structure for the Down Syndrome children aimed at developing their skills and preparing them for social and educational inclusion, based on one of the most effective therapy method recognized around the world – PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
The Concert tickets (category 1 – 30 lei, category 2– 25 lei, Category 3 – 20 lei) are available starting today through EVENTIM Network, www.eventim.ro, and at ECRCD Headquarters Str. Walter Maracineanu, nr. 1-3, Groundfloor, telephone: +4021/3110401. More details on www.cedcd.ro/old.
The national communication campaign dedicated to the World Down Syndrome Day starts today and includes: Radio Spots broadcasted on the Romanian National Radio Stations until the end of the month, TV spots broadcasted for 3 months, on TVR2, TVR Cultural, TVR Info and regional TVR stations, posters, online posters and banners on the partners’ websites. At the same time the campaign will be communicated on line through the www.cedcd.ro/oldwebsite and on Facebook and Twitter.
European Centre for the Rights of Children with Disabilities (ECRCD) is a nongovernmental organization, affiliated to Down Syndrome International and dedicated to promote the rights of the children with disabilities and to facilitate their access to assistance and protection (www.cedcd.ro/old)
For further details, please contact:
Mădălina Maria Turza
European Centre for the Rights of Children with Disabilities
Communication Partner, Vice-president
Romanian Public Relations Association (ARRP)