Down Madrid celebrated last October 30 in the auditorium of Mutua Madrileña, the gala ’30 anniversary Down Madrid ‘, an event to commemorate that this Foundation has spent three decades betting on the real inclusion in society of people with intellectual disabilities and claim that their rights as citizens are fulfilled.
Down Madrid was born 30 years ago thanks to the work of a group of mothers and fathers with children with Down syndrome who joined in order to create a meeting point for families and professionals dedicated to this and other intellectual disabilities. In these three decades, the objectives and initiatives of the Foundation have evolved as society has changed and depending on the barriers that people in this group have encountered. Currently, Down Madrid aims at the personal autonomy of these people, their real inclusion in all areas of society and the fulfillment of their rights.
The event was attended by the Minister of Social Policies, Family, Equality and Birth of the Community of Madrid, Alberto Reyero; the general director of the Mutua Madrileña Foundation, Lorenzo Cooklin; the honorary president of Down Madrid, Carmen Fernández-Miranda; the president of the Down Madrid Board of Trustees, Ignacio Egea, the general director of Down Madrid, Elena Escalona and the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo.
During the gala, the Foundation rewarded entities and organizations for their commitment to the people of this group and their work to promote their inclusion in different fields. FEMADDI received the award for making sport accessible, the Thyssen Museum, the Royal Spanish Academy and the National Library of Spain for joining culture and intellectual disability and Renfe and Adif for promoting the autonomy of these people thanks to Renfe’s ‘Atendo’ program that it lends itself in the stations of Adif. In addition, the trajectory of the research scientist specialized in Pharmacology and study of the brain, Jesús Flórez, was recognized for a lifetime dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities.
All the winners received a 30th anniversary commemorative sculpture created by the president of the AEPE, José Gabriel Astudillo.
In the photograph, José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the AEPE, together with Ana Santos Aramburo, Director of the National Library, Aurora Egido Martínez, Academic and Secretary of the Royal Spanish Academy and Evelio Acevedo, Managing Director of the Thyssen Museum