World Down Syndrome Day: a reflection from inclusion

World Down Syndrome Day: a reflection from inclusion

International Down Syndrome Day is commemorated every March 21 with the aim of raising awareness in society about the importance of inclusion for people with this condition. 

In the field of special education, this date takes on an even more relevant meaning, as it gives us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of providing each individual, regardless of their abilities, with the tools and support necessary to reach their maximum potential. . 

Special education is based on the fundamental principle of inclusion, which recognizes diversity as an enriching value and promotes an environment where all students can participate actively and in community. 

Amabar Celleri, coordinator of the Special Education program and teacher at the University of Azuay, points out the importance of making this day visible because this date allows us to reflect on inclusion as a collective commitment that concerns the entire society. 

It also mentions that in the educational field the greatest challenge for people with this condition has been to change the stigmas and stereotypes imposed by society based on ignorance; In that sense, he considers teachers as drivers of inclusion to transform the educational model and look from the community. 

There are recent advances in the field of special education that have contributed to improving its quality for students with this condition. Celleri highlights that the use of technology has contributed significantly, always based on specialized attention to obtain better results, promoting autonomy and building interpersonal relationships. 

On this day we reaffirm our commitment to inclusive education that recognizes diversity in all its forms; As a community we can build a more inclusive and equitable world for all.

Interview Ambar Celleri