There is a considerable need for the development of educational training for staff and volunteers working with youths with Down syndrome (DS) or intellectual disabilities, especially concerning physical activities. Down syndrome is a common learning disability, and the condition occurs in approximately 1 in 700 births (U.S Department of Health & Human Service, 2017). There is no cure for the condition; instead, interventions are encouraged to promote independence, social inclusion, physical and mental development (European Commission, 2017, European Commission, 2010, Heller et al., 2003). This consortium will collaborate to develop a functional continuing education and training package for organisations who work or are interested in working with individuals with DS or intellectual disabilities. This will enhance the possibilities for individuals with DS or intellectual disabilities to participate in sports activities and at the same time have the increased opportunities to become more integrated with our European society, which will contribute to their empowerment.
A consortium of experts from across five European countries is collaborating to develop a training resource for organisations that would like to provide better inclusion of youths with Down syndrome, especially in relation to physical activities and social inclusion.