Down’s Syndrome: “The real handicap is not believing in them”
The conference “The Down’s person: planning an adult future” has begun in the Aula Magna in Via Ravasi, two days of meetings to discuss the various approaches to this condition.
The case of Alberto, is an example of what a Down’s person can achieve and exceed. This young man, from Cavaria, who attends the University of Insubria, achieving excellent results, was also spoken about at the conference “The Down’s person: planning an adult future”, which, today, has brought experts from all over Italy, to Varese, and at which the Minister of Interior Roberto Maroni is also present. This international initiative, which continues tomorrow, was organised by the University of Insubria, in collaboration with the “Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Ospedale in Circolo e Fondazione Macchi” in Varese, the Local Health Authority in Varese, the Welfare Department of the Local Health Authority, the Province and the Varese Town Council, and is sponsored by the Italian Senate, the Region of Lombardy and the Medical Association of Varese.
The proceedings, in the crowded Aula Magna in via Ravasi, were chaired by Giovanna Brebbia, who for a year has worked to organise this important event to discuss Down’s Syndrome. “We included the topic of the future in this conference because it is necessary to consider what research has done to give people with Down’s Syndrome the chance of a better life, and how much still has to be done. We think this that meeting may give families hope, but that it is also a stimulus for action.” This direct message went out to all levels of government in the area, which were well represented in the audience, including the Minister Maroni, the regional councillor for health, Luciano Bresciani, the prefect of police, Simonetta Vaccari, the Head Public Prosecutor, Maurizio Grigo, the Mayor of Varese, Attilio Fontana, the President of the Province, Dario Galli, the councillors for social services Gregorio Navarro, for Varese, and Christian Campiotti, for the provincial administration, and the head of police, Marcello Cardona.
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“We started by analysing the needs of the families involved,” explained the psychologist Silvia Mocchetti, who presented the network of services run by the local health authority, in
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Concentrating on potential, and overcoming prejudices are two messages that have been repeated many times during the conference. A shining example is Alberto Sanna, a young man with Down’s Syndrome from Cavaria, who, with perseverance and constancy, is taking exams in Communication Sciences at