Organiser: Catalan Down Syndrome Foundation.
Collaborating organisations: Ramon Molinas Foundation and Joan Llongueres School of Music.
Dates of implementation: 18/10/2017 – 22/06/2018.
Music as a vehicle to change the perception of people with disabilities
The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Catalan Down Syndrome Foundation (FCSD) and with the Joan Llongueres School of Music with the objective of forming a musical group with people connected to both organisations. The project aims to change the perception of people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, increasing their visibility and constructing a bridge towards social inclusion.
The programme will work with 17 people aged 14-17 connected to the Catalan Down Syndrome Foundation, who will form a choir together and receive musical training. The project is based on the principles of normalisation and inclusion, taking into account the Social Integration Law for people with disabilities, and aims to increase the quality of life of the young people that participate in the programme.
With Musicando, music to change the perception of people with disabilities, the Catalan Down Syndrome Foundation wants to improve the possibilities that society offers to young people with Down syndrome.
Music for personal development and social inclusion
With reference to Schalock’s quality of life indicators, music can have a direct influence on personal development, emotional wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, self-determination and social inclusion. In parallel, people with Down syndrome are often highly sensitive to music, making it a simple therapeutic process.
The values of assimilation, understanding and integration are easily promoted with music. Music offers a language which connects people with their environment and facilitates interaction with rhythm. In this way, people with Down syndrome can improve their skills in attention, cognitive retention, perception, psychomotricity and personal responsibility.
The Catalan Down Syndrome Foundation, an organisation with over 30 years of experience
The mission of the Catalan Down Syndrome Foundation is to improve the quality of life of people with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities, helping them to achieve greater dignity, respect, self-determination and wellbeing as well as enhance social inclusion. Through different services and depending on the needs of each age group, the organisation support people with Down syndrome and their families throughout their whole lives, from prenatal diagnosis, to the birth of the baby, and into their adult years.
The Catalan Down Syndrome Foundation is a private, non-profit organisation founded in 1984 and declared a public service by the Generalitat de Catalunya eight months after its establishment. The organisation is a permanent body of study, participating and leading a number of research projects. Its Barcelona Down Medical Centre, a leading centre in its field, has 2,500 visits every year and has more than 2,700 medical records, making it one of the largest databases on Down syndrome in the world.
Musicando, music to change the perception of people with disabilities belongs to the Seguimiento en la Etapa Escolar (SSEE) area of the organisation. This section works on improving the social, educational and psychological welfare of children with Down syndrome during the process of school inclusion during nursery, primary and secondary school.
With more than 100 years in existence, the Joan Llongueres School of Music contributes to the music scene of Barcelona with a methodology that is active, creative and efficient: the Jaques-Dalcroze rhythm, a method of learning that teaches musicality, musical knowledge and fosters a culture of music. In 2013, the Generalitat de Catalunya distinguished the centre with a Sant Jordi Cross.
Links of interest:
 Schalock, R.L. y Verdugo, M.A. (2003). Calidad de Vida. Manual para profesionales de la educación, salud y servicios sociales. Madrid: Alianza Editorial.