The Research Institute on Social Welfare Policy (POLIBIENESTAR) is one of the research institutes at Universitat de València. Well-known internationally, its main research areas are innovation in social technology, technical advising and training in the social policy field.

Fortwenty years now, it has been doing both basic and applied research on the economic, social, political and technical sustainability aspects of welfare systems. It has also been advising both the Administration and private companies on the planning, design and implementation of social welfare policies and sustainability.

Polibienestar is made up of an interdisciplinary team led by Jorge Garcés Ferrer, who is Príncipe de Asturias professor at Georgetown University (Washington DC) and more than 100 researchers shape the team. They come from Universitat de València and 7 other Spanish and 2 international universities. Polibienestar cooperates with universities and centres from the European Union, the United States, South America, Africa and Canada as well.

Polibienestar develops its work on these 6 research areas: health, smart cities, social and accessible tourism, social policy, governance and public administrations, and corporate economy.

Website: www.polibienestar.org


The Portuguese Down Syndrome Association (APPT21) was founded on the 1st of October 1990 with the mission to provide healthcare to children stricken with this genetic disorder. In the 90´s, the remarkable successes achieved with the introduction of the most up-to-date evaluation and intervention methods in Down Syndrome led APTT21 to apply them to other disabilities. These were indeed the first steps on the road that led to that which is today one of the most innovative and up-to-date child development centres in Europe, thanks to the work of a devoted multi-disciplinary team of professionals:  developmental pediatricians, child neurologists, child psychiatrists, public health practitioners, epidemiologists, educational psychologists, clinical psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and speech/language therapists. Furthermore, since 2006 APTT 21 is truly involved in a vocational training programme since early age with the aim to support youngsters and their families in the acquisition and development of functional, social skills, independent living and autonomy, language and communication skills that allows people with Down syndrome to enter the labor market. The vocational training programme allows the involvement of family, school and the workplace with the training of the tutor who supports the youngster with Down syndrome in the workplace. Thus the institution supports the integration of youngsters into the labor market in partnership with stakeholders and makes the evaluation and monitoring of their performance periodically. Also conducts regular meetings with tutors and supervisors to evaluate the performance and satisfaction in the workplace. APPT21 it is a member of EDSA - European Down Syndrome Association.

Website:  https://diferencas.net/



Asindown is an non-profit organization founded by families in 1989 dedicated to facilitate and promote integral development of people with Down Syndrome and other dissabilities. Through concrete actions we want to be able to promote a positive awareness and responsibility in society, in order to improve the quality of life of people with Down syndrome and other dissabilities. We seek to favor inclusion and participation as full citizens in all stages of life, of people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities, as well as their families, through the promotion of resources and support for research and personal, social, educational, labor and ageing development. From our entity strategies and projects are carried out aimed at promoting the dignity and rights of people with functional diversity. At present, we are more than 40 professionals who provides services to more than 400 users.

Website: www.asindown.org



The Asociația Langdon Down Oltenia Centru Educationl Teodora (ALDO-CET) is a non-political and non-for-profit association, legally registered in Romania since October 2000, with the address at Dreptăţii street, no.35, Băileşti, Dolj, ROMANIA. ALDO-CET comes from Oltenia Region and acts as a regional association and a catalyst for enhancement of cooperation among Romanian organizations working for Down syndrome.

The commitment of the association is to promote, to enhance knowledge and to acknowledge, to observe and to guide the right of people with intellectual disabilities for social independence, vocational inclusion and full participation in their community life.

For over 18 years, the vision of the association is to promote the approach of the disability form the human rights perspective, based on a bio-psychosocial model. The association desire all the time to create and apply for Down syndrome persons appropriate services in order that all beneficiaries reach their full potential in a community, and even to supports the integration them into the labor market.

ALDO-CET was involved in national and international projects regarding all aspects of life of the person with Down syndrome, child or adult.

With the help of the specialists, working at this association, the main activities are: social and educational activities, support for parents, community-directed activities, activities to develop the system for the protection of the rights of people with disabilities.

Website: www.sindrom-down.ro



About association:
The association brings together people with DS, parents, professional workers and other people (mostly volunteers). Our mission is to help people with DS and to provide informations to the general public about this Syndrome.

Our projects and programs:

  • Camps for teenagers
  • Weekend seminars for families
  • Parents groups for self-help
  • Early treatment
  • Creative workshops for children and teenagers
  • Project Virtual DS
  • Project Healthy DS
  • Project DS Ageing

Participation at the project DS Ageing: Down Syndrome Slovenia support existing forms of public protection, education and support for people with DS, but at the same time we are aware, that these programs need to be developed, updated and improved. We decided to participate at the project DS Ageing, because we want to gain a set of good practices to be used within various activities for older people with DS.

Website: http://www.downov-sindrom.si



The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (coordinator of the project) is the largest University in Greece. The Lab of Medical Physics, ISO 9001:2015 Certified in Software Design, Development & Production; Design & Implementation of Education/Training programmes, is a major research and development centre in assistive technologies, applied neurosciences, medical education, affective computing, semantic web, medical robotics and brain computer interfaces, radiodiagnosis and non-ionizing radiation. The ASsistiveTechnOlogies and Silver Science Group within the Lab of Medical Physics has received major research and development focus in the field of Ambient Assisted Living and Biomedical Engineering or what is now called Active and Healthy Aging as well as technologies for Assisted Living for special target groups. The group focuses on exploring shifting paradigms in elderly healthcare as well as care for developmental disorders and the different innovations and breakthroughs brought about by information communication technologies (ICT), mobile technologies and web technologies in general.

Website: http://medphys.med.auth.gr


Spominčica-Alzheimer Slovenia

Spominčica-Alzheimer Slovenia is a non-governmental organization with more than 800 members, aimed at providing support to carers, raising awareness, reducing stigma of dementia and promoting dementia friendly communities. Spominčica offers information, counselling and education through substantial activities such as telephone help line, personal counselling, self-help groups, non-formal educational programme “Forget me not”, companionship for persons with dementia at home, workshops of prevention and cognitive training, training for public workers about dementia, network of Dementia Friendly Spots (DFS) and publishing actual and relevant information about dementia in magazine Spominčica and social networks of Spominčica. 

Website: https://www.spomincica.si/