The first student with Down syndrome in Europe to obtain a university degree his talk will be (translated) ‘Diversity in the first person’
Pablo Pineda Ferrer is a teacher, writer and actor and well-known as the first student with Down syndrome in Europe to obtain a university degree and he will give the inaugural address, in Spanish, at this year’s opening ceremony of the Adeje Summer University.
The talk will take place on July 19th at 11am in the Adeje Convent (beside the Town Hall), and will be attended by the newly elected Adeje council (elections are this Sunday) and the new University of La Laguna council.
Pablo Pineda is certainly one of the most influential persons with functional diversity in Spain and Latin America, with a keen mind, and will offer a transformative discourse. As a conference speaker, he has addressed bodies such as the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation on behalf of 100s of millions of people with functional diversity.
Pineda holds a diploma in Teaching and a BA in Educational psychology and his profile grew when he won the Silver Shell award at the 2009 San Sebastián International Film Festival for his performance in the film ‘Yo, Tambien de Antonio’. In the film, he plays the role of a university graduate with Down syndrome, which is quite similar to his real life.
Pablo Pineda was born in 1974 and since 2010 has been working with the Adecco Foundation in Spain, giving presentations at conferences on the labour-integration plan that the foundation is carrying out with him. He works in developing work projects in dialogue, sensitivity and training for businesses in general, the objective being the elimination of work barriers to those with functional diversity. He works and campaigns extensively to defend the ‘normality’ of those with alternative needs and to see people with Down syndrome forming part of today’s society in a normalised manner.
He has published a number of books, ‘El reto de aprender’ (the challenge of learning) and ‘Niños con capacidades especialies: manual para padres’ (Children with special needs: parents’ manual). This teacher and author has also filmed a television programme with actor and rap artist Juan Manuel Montilla – ‘El Langui’.
The inaugural address is a public event, open to everyone.