Inclusive participation Down Syndrome International and Inclusion International are working together on a project called #ListenIncludeRespect, developing guidelines for inclusive participation. Watch this video explainer: The challenge Right now, there are more self-advocates leaders than ever working for change. But we know people with an intellectual disability are often still not included meaningfully in the work that affects them. "When we take part in meetings with other organisations we very rarely get the information in the way we need" The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) guarantees the right to accessibility and participation for people with an intellectual disability. Down Syndrome International and Inclusion International have heard from many organisations, who want to include people with intellectual disabilities in their work. But they need guidance to be more inclusive. While there are also lots of organisations already working with people with intellectual disabilities who do this very well, we can all do better. What we are doing Down Syndrome International and Inclusion International’s networks have come together to develop the International Guidelines for Inclusive Participation. The guidelines will enable organisations to make their work inclusive, so that people with an intellectual disability can take part in a meaningful way. We are following a comprehensive consultative process, bringing together all the knowledge, expertise and experience within our networks and beyond of how to achieve inclusive participation, as told by people with intellectual disabilities themselves, alongside family members, friends, colleagues, support people and organisations who work with them. The guidelines will be used and endorsed by our members, development organisations, UN agencies and governments to become the international standards to support meaningful participation of people with intellectual disabilities. The guidelines will serve as a reference point to help organisations to know what they need to do to include self-advocates in their work. To find out why leaders in our movement are endorsing this work, please watch this video and share with your networks: Listen Include Respect survey Throughout August and September 2020 we conducted a survey to be completed by anyone who has something to tell us about making the work of organisations inclusive of people with an intellectual disability. This includes: people with an intellectual disability; family members or friends of people with an intellectual disability; colleagues of people with an intellectual disability and carers or support persons of people with an intellectual disability. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. What we've achieved in 2020. We and our partner Inclusion International are proud of the progress achieved in the first year on our joint project #ListenIncludeRespect, developing guidelines for inclusive participation. Our achievements include: Creating and sharing a survey in 10 languages and in an easy-read format; Members running around 50 consultation events with self-advocates, family members and professionals; Receiving feedback through the events and survey from over 900 people in 80 countries; Running a UN Conference of State Parties side event which had 3000 views through our social media platforms; Employing self-advocate consultants in Uganda and Argentina to support the Inclusion International and Down Syndrome International staff team's work. What's next? In 2021 we plan to write the first draft of the guidelines using the information and feedback we have collected. We will continue to welcome advice to make sure the guidelines are inclusive of everyone. Stay up to date with information about Down Syndrome International and Inclusion International's work to create international guidelines on inclusive participation: Listen Include Respect newsletter Listen Include Respect is partially funded by Inclusive Futures, a UK Aid-funded consortium of 16 disability and development organizations led by Sightsavers working to create a future that is inclusive of people with disabilities.