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  • Organisation

    Down Syndrome Care Foundation Indonesia is a non-profit foundation that focuses its work on empowering youth and adults with Down Syndrome or other Intellectual Disability and their families.

    Vision:
    The realisation of a society which has a culture of being friendly, fair, and sensitive to persons who live with Down syndrome or other persons with intellectual disability and their families.

    Mission:
    1. To build a Community (peer group) for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome; so they can be heard.
    2. To educate adolescents and adults with Down syndrome to improve their ability to communicate, self-reliant, and to become self-advocates.
    3. To cooperate with various parties and encourage the Government and private sector to conduct vocational education specifically for teens and adults with Down syndrome and other intellectual disability that can empower and enable them to find job or work so they will be able to support themselves economically and live with dignity.
    4. To hold an intensive communication with parents and parties concerned with Down syndrome and support the activities of the Foundation.
    5. To advocate for the community at large as well as the Government and the Parliament related to the vision of the Foundation.
    6. To develop publications, information and documentation in many forms in order to increase the awareness of the community towards people with Down syndrome and other Intellectual Disabilities.

    For the time being the geographical coverage is only Jakarta. The uniqueness of YAPESDI is that they are not a parents’ organisation unlike other Down Syndrome organisations, but rather  an organisation that cares about the people with Down syndrome and focus on the development and empowerment of this group of people so they will one day be able to organise themselves.

    • Organisation

      Down Syndrome Care Foundation Indonesia is a non-profit foundation that focuses its work on empowering youth and adults with Down Syndrome or other Intellectual Disability and their families.

      Vision:
      The realisation of a society which has a culture of being friendly, fair, and sensitive to persons who live with Down syndrome or other persons with intellectual disability and their families.

      Mission:
      1. To build a Community (peer group) for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome; so they can be heard.
      2. To educate adolescents and adults with Down syndrome to improve their ability to communicate, self-reliant, and to become self-advocates.
      3. To cooperate with various parties and encourage the Government and private sector to conduct vocational education specifically for teens and adults with Down syndrome and other intellectual disability that can empower and enable them to find job or work so they will be able to support themselves economically and live with dignity.
      4. To hold an intensive communication with parents and parties concerned with Down syndrome and support the activities of the Foundation.
      5. To advocate for the community at large as well as the Government and the Parliament related to the vision of the Foundation.
      6. To develop publications, information and documentation in many forms in order to increase the awareness of the community towards people with Down syndrome and other Intellectual Disabilities.

      For the time being the geographical coverage is only Jakarta. The uniqueness of YAPESDI is that they are not a parents’ organisation unlike other Down Syndrome organisations, but rather  an organisation that cares about the people with Down syndrome and focus on the development and empowerment of this group of people so they will one day be able to organise themselves.

    • Project

      The second phase of Let’s Speak Up” is to continue and sharpen the ability of the class of teens with Down Syndrome to be able to speak up. YAPESDI was happy and proud of the progress made by 80% of the participants in the project first phase but still the ambitions were aimed higher at 100%.  This was firstly due to the gap in the capacity of the participants, often implying a slow down in the pace of the teaching in order for one or two participants to catch up with the rest which at the end didn’t always help.

      Secondly, it was as a result of the commitment from the parents which weren’t as mutual as initially expected. This may be because of a lack of understanding on expectations.  YAPESDI also found out that the parents weren’t all involved in the development process at home where the participants spent most of their time and had to practice what they learnt in class.

      The main success of the first phase was that the participants were happier and motivated to come to class and make a very open and good relationship with the coaches. Most of them are now able to introduce themselves happily, show off with a little bit of introduction what they are capable of. However, they still need more time to meet the criteria to advance in class so they can be coached as self-advocates later. The kids rarely have the opportunity to speak out and would not dare to do so anyway. This struggle to speak out is usually due to the way adults consider people with Down syndrome.

      Hence the second phase is to continue with the class with 10 participants from the previous class plus up to 5 others that YAPESDI met up along the way and thought that they have a similar capacity level with the other 10. They gather these youngsters on a regular basis and over time make them communicate with each other in a structured manner.

  • Project

    The second phase of Let’s Speak Up” is to continue and sharpen the ability of the class of teens with Down Syndrome to be able to speak up. YAPESDI was happy and proud of the progress made by 80% of the participants in the project first phase but still the ambitions were aimed higher at 100%.  This was firstly due to the gap in the capacity of the participants, often implying a slow down in the pace of the teaching in order for one or two participants to catch up with the rest which at the end didn’t always help.

    Secondly, it was as a result of the commitment from the parents which weren’t as mutual as initially expected. This may be because of a lack of understanding on expectations.  YAPESDI also found out that the parents weren’t all involved in the development process at home where the participants spent most of their time and had to practice what they learnt in class.

    The main success of the first phase was that the participants were happier and motivated to come to class and make a very open and good relationship with the coaches. Most of them are now able to introduce themselves happily, show off with a little bit of introduction what they are capable of. However, they still need more time to meet the criteria to advance in class so they can be coached as self-advocates later. The kids rarely have the opportunity to speak out and would not dare to do so anyway. This struggle to speak out is usually due to the way adults consider people with Down syndrome.

    Hence the second phase is to continue with the class with 10 participants from the previous class plus up to 5 others that YAPESDI met up along the way and thought that they have a similar capacity level with the other 10. They gather these youngsters on a regular basis and over time make them communicate with each other in a structured manner.

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