City to host Down Syndrome event
Thursday 31st October 2013, 5:50PM GMT.
Scotland has been selected to host the World Down Syndrome Congress for the first time.
Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) is to welcome more than 1,200 delegates to the four-day conference in August 2018 as a result of the successful bid made by Down’s Syndrome Scotland.
The application was made in August in partnership with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), VisitScotland and the SECC.
Four other countries were in the running to host the event, which takes place every three years and brings together parents and carers, professionals, practitioners, researchers and organisations from around the world.
Hosting the event, the 13th congress, has been predicted to bring £1.6 million to Glasgow’s economy, according to the GCMB.
The announcement was made today by UK-based international Down syndrome charity Down Syndrome International (DSi).
Pandora Summerfield, chief executive of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, said: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured that Down Syndrome International has chosen us to host the 2018 World Down Syndrome Congress in Glasgow.
“We look forward to providing a broad spectrum of informative sessions showcasing the latest discoveries in research and best practice as well as fringe events for the general public and Scottish cultural experiences for families that they won’t soon forget.
“We also look forward to working with Down’s Syndrome International to ensure that the World Down Syndrome Congress 2018 will be a memorable and informative event that benefits all who attend.”
Sam Ross, 25, from Glasgow, has Down’s syndrome and featured in promotional material for the bid as part of the city’s PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW marketing brand, under the banner PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW INCLUSIVE.
He said: “I’m looking forward to meeting other people with Down’s Syndrome from other cultures.
“I want to hear different languages because I’m learning French. Visitors will love Glasgow as the people here are very friendly and kind.”
Andrew Boys, director of Down Syndrome International, said: “Following lengthy scrutiny and discussion, DSi is delighted to announce that Down’s Syndrome Scotland has been successful and we look forward to working with them to hold a congress which will help to fulfil our mission to improve quality of life for people with Down’s Syndrome worldwide and promote their inherent right to be accepted and included as valued and equal members of their communities.”
The World Down Syndrome Congress 2012 was held in Cape Town, South Africa and the 2015 event will take place in Chennai, India, from August 18-21, hosted by the Down’s Syndrome Federation of India.