The Foundation is currently undertaking a number of targeted communication activities with the goal of improving social inclusion of persons with IDs by challenging and improving societal perceptions.
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) 2016
Why 21st March?
The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. On this day, everyone around the world is invited to wear LOTS OF SOCKS to get people talking about WDSD. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.
Kopa Film Festival
People with intellectual disabilities need to experience greater inclusion in societies and have their rights and freedoms respected. One of the best ways to achieve this is for them to have greater visibility and voice in all areas of public life. It is very rare that people with disabilities appear in mainstream media and when they do, they are portrayed in a stigmatising and stereotyped way, appearing either as superheroes or as objects of pity and compassion. They rarely appear in a way which shows that they constitute, as any other group in society, a very diverse population group.
This Film Festival was aimed at reaffirming the message that persons with intellectual disabilities are more alike than different from persons without disabilities. They often face the same feelings, challenges and joys in life. Following the overwhelming success and positive responses that the festival received, we plan to scale up our outreach to conduct community screenings in various neighbourhoods within Lusaka including Bauleni, Matero, Mtendere and George compounds.