Special Olympics Romania Foundation announces the start of the “Motor abilities development project for Down Syndrome individuals – essential step towards an independent life” project, financed through the SEE 20092014 grants, under the ONG Romanian Fund, with an amount of 234.856,16 Euro. The project’s activities are to be implemented in 7 cities: Bucharest, Brașov, Bacău, Cluj, Craiova, Iași, Târgoviște and in the area of the Jiu Valley, between the 1st of April 2014 – 31st April 2016.
The goal of this project is to create and implement a “Timely Propelling Initiation” in the case of a group of children with Down Syndrome. The aim is to increase the level of social interaction, which would lead to the acquiring of independent living abilities through a system of trainings and unified sports competition events dedicated to children and teenagers with or withouth Down syndrome.
The direct target group of the project is made up of:
- 160 children with Down Syndrome aged 2 to 8;
- 190 children, teenagers and young adults with Down Syndrome aged 8 to 25;
- 190 children, teenagers and young adults without disabilities aged 8 to 25;
The main activities are :
1. Equipping six Regional Centres and sports gyms with specific materials;
2. Organizing training seminars for specialists, coaches, students and for the family members of the atheletes;
3. Organizing joint exchanged visits with Romanian and Icelandic specialists in both countries;
4. Creating a programme model for the “Timely Propelling Initiation” - the participation of 160 children aged 2 to 8, in trainings and specific competitions;
5. Organizing practice sessions and Unified Gymnastics competitions for more than 380 children and teenagers : 190 beneficiaries with Down Syndrome and 190 partners or other participants;
6. Implementing the “SO Get Into It!” programme in 14 mainstream school in the 7 previously mentioned cities in order to raise awareness among children and teenagers without disabilities regarding the daily issues that individuals with Down Syndrome face on a daily basis;
7. Promoting the project.
Special Olympics Romania’s partner is the National Physical Education and Sports University of Bucharest.
For additional official information regarding the SEE and Norwegian grants please visit www.eeagrants.org.
Down Syndrome is the most widespread genetic (chromosomial) syndrome and is associated with intellectual disability, found in 1 to 7001000 individuals. Unfortunately, in Romania there are no official statistics on the number of persons with Down Syndrome, but it is estimated that approximately 30.000-50.000 people in our country are diagnosed with this condition. Down Syndrome is associated with delays in the motor , cognitive and social development. These have been identified as the main cause of non-inclusion of these people in the communities they live in (noninclusion which leads to total isolation) and towards a high degree of dependency on those responsible for their care and nurture.