Who we are
Understanding diversity and working towards integration
Invest for children (i4c) is an international non-profit organization that works to achieve a better quality of life for people with intellectual disability.
In the most recent years, we have focused our efforts on work placement inclusion for employees with intellectual disabilities, mainly for those with Down's Syndrome. For this reason, we have invested in our work placement integration program in Spain. Besides, we have developed a savings plan project for employees with Down's Syndrome with the aim to promote motivation among employees and propel the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in the workforce.
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Visits us at www.investforchildren.org
What We Do
We want a society that integrates diversity
Venture: Helping other foundations find recurring revenues
Philanthropy: Working towards integration of disabled people
What is Venture Philanthropy?
Venture Philanthropy is a field of philanthropy where the models of venture capital are applied to foundations and non-profit organizations. There are many examples of Venture Philanthropy; these are some of the ways it applies to invest for children:
- Increase social awareness by sending messages to promote integration through books, DVDs and press articles.
- Help other foundations generate recurring revenues and achieve notoriety.
- Provide support for employment integration initiatives.
- Connect foundations and businesses to promote social integration.
- Promote education be the cornerstone of a worthy future.
- Encourage intellectually disabled people to learn, enjoy and benefit from sport.
What is Down Syndrome?
Dr. John Haydon Down was a British physician and the medical superintendent of the Royal Earslwood Asylum for people with mental disabilities in the XIX century. Dr. Down noticed that some of his patients had the same physical characteristics, even he ventured to say that some of them looked so much alike that they would be taken as members of the same family. In 1866 he wrote his famous rapport about this condition that later became denominated "Down's Syndrome" after him.
Down's Syndrome is a genetic alteration. People with Down's Syndrome have 47 chromosomes. Chromosome 21 is present three times instead of two. That is the reason why Down's Syndrome is also called Trisomy 21.
It is not known what causes the cells to divide abnormally to cause Down's Syndrome. It can be stated that it does not depend on any of the parents, nor the ethnic, nor the social group. It is not related to any illness suffered during pregnancy, either.
Since the beginning, this extra chromosome affects the psychical and physical development of the baby. Nevertheless, children with Down's Syndrome have the same needs than other children: they should live in healthy environments, they need to stay with their family, they should be educated, they have the right to go to school, to play, laugh and relate to other people.
A baby with Down's Syndrome will achieve the same milestones as other children: the first smile, sit alone, crawl, stand alone, first steps, first words... just in their own timetable. In monitoring the development of a child with Down syndrome, it is more useful to look at the sequence of milestones achieved, rather than the age at which the milestone is reached.
Sometimes, Down's Syndrome comes with some specific difficulties such as heart, digestive, endocrine, visual and auditory problems. In addition, they can contract infections easily.
Nowadays we can confirm that an environment based on acceptance, on the adaptation of the methods of teaching and learning, on love and diversity is providing people with Down Syndrome the autonomy necessary to work, become independent and develop artistic abilities before unthinkable.