Activities of ISDI 2015

January 10
It is a nice welcome of activity for ISDI Dance group to entertain the congregations of the church GPIB Bukit Moria for their belated Xmas celebration honoring the seniors and founders of the church which was at Jl. Prof. dr. Soepomo no. 4, Pancoran, South Jakarta. It was a good gathering with Santa Claus giving out presents to the youngsters. The dancers consisted of: 4 females and 4 gents.  Everyone had a good time to the tune and dance of Disco kicir-Kicir.
January 11
Still celebrating Xmas, this time at the Catholic church of Bunda Hati Kudus Paroki Kemakmuran, at Jl. K.H. Hasyim Ashari no. 28, Central Jakarta. ISDI Dance Group female only personal featuring the Disco Kicir-Kicir folklore dance.
January 28

What a beautiful performance given by ISDI Dancers: Disco Kicir-Kicir and Indonesia Menari at the event “ The 3rd Regional Dialogue on Access to Elections upholding the Political Rights of Persons with Disabilities” held at the JS Luwansa Hotel & Convention Center at Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said – Kuningan, South Jakarta.  The event was attended by many local organizations for disabilities and guest speakers from ASEAN countries.  The closing ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mr. Basuki Tjahya Purnama, the Governor of DKI, Jakarta. It was indeed an honor to be given an opportunity to perform at such a prestigious event where the dancers can proof that beauty and ability can be achieved given the chance.


February 08

Five of our finest dancers are given the amazing opportunity of participating in the first Indonesian “Dance Prix Indonesia” contemporary dance competition with judges from the US, Australia, Singapore and Indonesia as the host country. These five dancers of ours are the only ones with disabilities and have been in training since 2012, thus giving them a bit of time to learn and adjust especially that they are ranked as having low ability. They gave us proof that they can do it….and quite amazingly too.  To have reached so far and so high is truly amazing. We are so proud of them and of course of their teachers and parents for giving so much support and understanding and patience.


February 23-24

World Down Syndrome Day is approaching fast…and what better way to celebrate it early for a reminder and with the Governor himself as our most important guest. There were bazaar of every kind of goods being sold, and us ISDI of course is having fun.  There were many activities going for all ISDI and friends. The theme was “ I’m precious” and they are. It shows in all the activities being done.  There were dances of all kinds, fashion show where kids and young adults can show off their confidence walking the catwalk, there was an angklung performance, not to mention the many varieties of other activities such as decorating cookies with colorful icings, making rainbow loops bracelets, decorating bandos and so forth.  Everyone, DS and parents join in the activities and had so much fun.  Stalls selling products of ISDI were also doing well.  We sold umbrellas, T-shirts, blocknotes, oatmeal cookies, chocolate flowers and chocolate hand bouquets, we sold knitted jackets and beanies…all done by hand of our DS students.  Incredible…we’ve come a long way to be successful. Thanks to all those teachers, volunteers who stood by them unconditionally with so much patience, understanding and love urging each one to success.  It was such a proud day for us.


March 02 ISDI has build a good relationship with all sorts of media, be that of electronics, publishing or the recently popular social media.  This time the GLOBAL TV is very interested in helping ISDI yet again raising awareness in elevating the dignity and self esteem of people born with Down syndrome across the whole of Indonesia. At this opportunity, the focus was on her son Michael aged 25 years old, covering his daily life, his many achievements throughout his life and life with his friends at the Center of Hope ISDI, doing mandatory life skills important for their being less dependent of others. The height of the documentary was the talk show on 12th March in their program of  “Ada-ada Aja”, a very popular show amongst the young people.
March 04 Cap Go Meh is an all important part of the Chinese New Year, and ISDI took part in the celebration at the Sun City Restaurant, Harmoni, Kota, Central Jakarta. 10 beautiful dancers debut their dance performances for the Lions Club Chinese audience.
It was a special and glorious night for both sides.
March 05 Da Ai TV again helping ISDI in spreading the good word of the lives of people born with Down syndrome for their program “A healthy World”, a talk show that will be aired on 23rd of March celebrating The World Down Syndrome Day. This event is recording the activities of the students of The Center of Hope at the BNI Bank and shopping for their cooking or life skills at The Lotte Supermarket.
March 12 Mrs. Aryanti R. Yacub with Michael R. Yacub are guest speaker a live talk show on "Ada Ada Aja" aired by Global TV. The event is to discuss the success of Michael in activism toward greater success. Michael also demonstrate how to hit a golf ball that is good and true. A kind of sport that brings Michael to obtain the highest award MURI as the only amateur golfers with Down syndrome throughout Asia
March 18 ISDI collaborated with Dr. Suharto, a stem cell practitioner in Jakarta in accommodating the presence of Prof. Dean Nizetic, a Croation from Singapore to share his incredible knowledge and prestigious status as a scientist of world stem cell derived knowledge from Down syndrome people.  The theme was: The Under researched Condition in Asia with clues for Important Ageing-Related Diseases. This first meeting of great minds of the world of medicines was attended by a number of doctors and scientific people interested to promote and improve the lives of people born with Down syndrome in Indonesia. The meeting was held at Yastroki - Then Indonesian Stroke Foundation, 2nd floor of Menara Kuningan Building, Jl. Rasuna Said, Kuningan, South Jakarta.
March 20 Live interview on international radio VOICE OF INDONESIA themed INDONESIA TODAY in commemoration of the World Down Syndrome Day March 21st 2015.
March 22 Seventeen of ISDI's best dancers will be performing a special Hip Hop contemporary dance moves in Super Heroes themed dance.  This is an annual big dance event showing and competing talents of creativities dance moves from Hip Hop kids, to Ballet, to Jazz Dance, to Hip Hop Contemporary to finally the special class of Hip Hop Contemporary for
Down Syndrome class of The Gigi Art of Dance School.  The event will take place at The Jakarta International School at their Pondok Indah vast campus, South Jakarta. Hundreds of dancers will take part in this fun and vigorous event.
March 23 Mrs. Aryanti R. Yacub  and her son Michael are guests speakers on DAAI TV's talk show accompanied by paediatrician dr. Aryana Diani Sp.A of Mitra Keluarga Cibubur Hospital on Down syndrome in their program of: A Healthy World with host Miss Melisa Gandasari in celebrating The World Down Syndrome Day which falls on 21st of March. There was a previous shooting of the activities of The Center of Hope ISDI on 5th of March 2015, showing students going to the bank and to supermarket.
March 25

It is always an honor to be interviewed foreign press, in this case it is a live interview  by Radio SBS Australia of Mrs. Aryanti R. Yacub on Down syndrome as the world celebrate The Down Syndrome Day on 21st of March.  The interview will be on air at 11.30 pm Indonesian time and hosted by Miss Sri Dean of Radio SBS.

March 27 2nd visit to SPH - Pelita Harapan Junior and Senior High School by The Center of Hope ISDI for some fun and games activities.
April 29 It is a night for the Cancer Foundation Charity event and a ceremonial awards for nine (9) beautiful and amazing ladies who have done so much to promote Batik as part of an important history in the Indonesian life.  ISDI’s Hip Hop dancers with Gigi Art of Dance Foundation had the honor to perform their newly choreographed dance called IMAGINE….in front of VVIP guests such as: Former Minister for Womens’ Welfare, Mrs. Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar and her husband, the former Minister of Transportation ,    Mrs. Edith Ratina, Mrs. Sativa Sutan Azwar, Mrs. Darwina Ponco Sutowo, Mrs. Kiki Edhi Wibowo, Mrs. Pricilia Saputro, Miss. Ayu Tri Handayani, Mrs. Ginanjar Kartasasmita, Mrs. Josephine Komara (Obin).

The event was held at the 5 star hotel, The Dharmawangsa Hotel in Kebayoran baru, South Jakarta. The last performer was the fashion show of a few beautiful ladies who survived cancer in their lives.  It was such an awe inspiring event.
May 08 For The 39th National Conference Lions Club Indonesia, ISDI was invited to perform their renowned musical angklung, giving their very best choreographed rendition of songs of years gone by for VIP guests at The Discovery Hotel & Convention Center, Ancol, Central Jakarta which was attended and opened by the twice elected Vice President of The Republic of Indonesia, Mr. H. M. Yusuf Kalla.  Attending the conference were thousands of Lions members from the whole of  the 33 provinces in Indonesia.
May 20 Citilink Indonesia, a domestic airliner has adopted an eco friendly system of planting vegetables using cocoa pit in small glass of Aqua drinking water with hydroponics system. Citilink has build a friendly relationship with ISDI since 2014 and is continuing this friendship with this new program which will result in many new learning skills as well as gaining knowledge and understanding first hand of how to plant our own vegetables and at the same time may gain some funds for individual income.
May 30 ISDI performed their Pendet Balinese Dance and a modern dance Indonesia Menari at the Lions Club's Charter Night Lions event at the Merchantile Athletic Club Penthouse, South Jakarta. They managed to make a jaw dropping performance to the delight of everyone present.
Jun 04 Interview of Mrs. Aryanti R. Yacub at the Radio Pelita Kasih 96.3 FM Jakarta.
Jun 07

At the religious celebration of Tri Suci Waisak or Vessakh, a Buddhist religion, angklung ISDI has the honor to support the event by performing two songs at the West Atrium, Living World, Alama Sutra, Serpong, Tangerang.


Jun 09 The 3rd field trip to SPH – The Pelita Harapan High School at Lippo Karawaci was field with another memorable moments of watching the musical Annie film. At the end of the day, there was an exchange of gifts.  We gave our homemade cookies and SPH gave us a most wonderful surprise of tool kits for educational purposes. Thank you SPH…you are awesome.
Jun 10

Wow… and the look of awe was a nice expression from the students of The Center of Hope ISDI and team music angklung ISDI with their chaperones upon going into the war ship KRI Nusanive 973 which docked at the Komando Lintas Laut Militer, their Military port base, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. This was an educational invitation from IBM, a long time friend of ISDI, on the 50th anniversary of the Indonesian Maritime. Our angklung played a few catchy songs and of course the birthday song with everyone joining in the singing. Then we were given a complete tour of the warship to better understand it before we sat down and had lunch while watching documentary movies of The Indonesian Maritime activities.


Jun 14

Hip Hop dance class ISDI with The Gigi Art of Dance studio was part of the performing dance exhibition at the Summer Dance Camp at the Atrium of The Gandaria City Mall, South Jakarta together with other classes performing their very best to the theme of Heroes In The Making.  There were special dance exhibition performed by renowned dance artists from Japan and Singapore which were awesome to watch.  Not being outdone by those foreign artists were our local dancers who gave their very best performances yet. The show was the whole day from morning to late night….though everyone was exhausted, they went home very happy.  Mission accomplished.


Jun 17 Harvest time of vegetables, the hydroponic system, program of collaboration with PT Citilink, an Indonesian air carrier, at the Center of Hope ISDI was lead by Citilink Director.  This was such an honor to be visited by him and 8 other important people from Citilink.  The harvesting was a fun and exciting time for all.  The students were transfixed and wanted to cook the veggies and eat them for lunch.  There was also a moment for exhibiting the students handmade products and some performances by the students.
Jun 20

Photo Model? Us? Really? is an unexpected and a wonderful invitation by the HighEnd Teen Magazine for their July edition for interviews and photo session themed: “ Just Like Everyone Else” The four lucky girls: AliceTedja, Angelina Ang, Marcellina Michelle Mardiono and Namira Zania Siregar were beyond excited.

This is a first for the magazine to expose the disable.  We are grateful for this special coverage.  It helps spread the awareness wider that people born with Down syndrome are actually beautiful people just like you and me.

Aug 09

A wedding!!!...we are performing to welcome the bride and invitees in the wedding of the beautiful Miss. Santi Diansari Sarino to Mr. Hargianto, a handsome marine officer.  The welcome dance was the Balinese Pendet dance performed by seven beautiful Downs dancers mesmerizing the audience.  Then our Angklung gave a fantastic and wonderful performances of several old songs making everyone sing along. The atmosphere was happy, relax and family oriented which had made everyone feel comfortable  and had fun.

Aug 11

Mr. Joko Widodo, the current Indonesian president was amazed to watch our musical Angklung performance at the Bogor Palace, his official residence during the celebration of The National Children’s Day.  Naturally the ministers of his cabinet and some members of parliament attended the event marking the highlight of the event which was attended by no less than 2000 children of school age specially invited from several provinces of Indonesia.

Note: This is the second time our musical Angklung ISDI has performed in front of two presidents of Indonesia.  The first was in front of the 6th Presiden of Indonesia, Mr. Soesilo Bambang Yoedhoyono (SBY) on the 10th November 2012 for the celebration of The National Hero Day at the National Cemetery Kalibata, South Jakarta
Aug 12

For the 70th Independence Day anniversary celebration of The Republic of Indonesia, The Central Park Mall decided to celebrate the event by disable people performing the longest arts show and awarded with a MURI award – The Indonesian Museum Record Award.

It was a very big and prestigious event opened by  Mrs.Yohana Yembise, The Minister of Women’s Welfare and Child Protection at 10.00 am.  The event was a two-day event involving numerous disable people with all sorts of wonderful and unexpected musical talents and dances.  It was awesome.

Aug 29

CAE – College of Allied Education invited our dancers to perform our special Balinese folk dance The fabulous Pendet for their opening ceremony of the work shop Why Play?  The Importance of Play for Child Development seminar held at The Plaza Kuningan Tower , Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said, South Jakarta.

Our performance was received by enthusiastic audience who gave a good round of applause to our excited dancers.

Sept 14

If possible every program that is being taught in our Center of Hope ISD will be exhibited in reality to our students.  It was an excited and fun time for our students to go on a field trip to Taman Safari in the outer skirt of Jakarta to see and recall the many kinds of animals learned/studied at the Center as part of their educational program of Flora and Fauna and the animal kingdom.

Many attractions were watch as it differ and shown what each animals can do if trained well.  There was the Sea Lion show, The Elephant show, The Cowboy show and many more.  Everyone enjoyed it and to close the event there was a swap of gift time for our students.  We went home with a big smile on our faces…and sleepy eyes.

Sept 21

Another school another friend, this time it is The Tunas Muda Kedoya primary school.  It was an invitation of fun and games with elementary class 1-3.  Our students were very attentive to the youngsters which was a wonderful sight to see and a surprise for the teachers of Tunas Muda school.

We sold quite a good number of our products of: noteblock, cookies, hair bands and magnets.

October 11 Our dancers are invited to show their skills at dancing folk lore of the beautiful and mesmerizing  Balinese Pendet and Betawi’s Disco Kicir-Kicir by The Health Ministry office and opened by The Health Minister, Mrs. Nila F. Moeloek, The Social Welfare Minister, Mrs. Khofifah Indar Parawansa,  and The Human Development and Culture Mrs. Puan Maharani… on the event of The World Mental Health Day 2015, with theme: DIGNITY IN MENTAL HEALTH. After the opening ceremony, the event will start with an aerobic to the tune of Poco-Poco.

October 13 The ASEAN Disabilities Forum  (ADF) has invited ISDI to attend their meeting on program of Research and Data of The Health of Reproduction and Sexual of the Disable.,, at Hotel Ibis Tamrin, Jl. KH. Wahid Hasyim 77, Central Jakarta.
October 24 The Disco Kicir-kicir of ISDI was received by a thunderous applause and happy faces from students from various universities and invitees at the scholarship presentation for students from the Finance Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia, a program founded by the then Minister of Finance, Mrs. Sri Mulyani Indrawati in 2009, for their excellence and merits in various finance subjects. It was such a proud moment for the 12 (twelve) beautiful and handsome dancers wearing their colorful Betawi costumes.  All round… everyone had fun. The event was hosted by Sthana Citraloka Class of 2015.

October 27 Continuation meeting with the Ministry of Women’ Welfare and Child Protection on perfecting the draft for guidelines on and for special needs children with community based. The meeting is being held at Acacia Hotel, Jl. Kramat Raya No. 81, Ps. Senin, Central Jakarta.

October 31 This is unique….performing the Balinese Dance Pendet by the ever beautiful and full of energy ISDI dancers at the Handayani Prima Matraman Restaurant and being a spokesperson on issues regarding the Mental Health of Disability, focusing on Down syndrome.
The event is hosted by The Psychology Students of The Atma Jaya University Jakarta.
November 08 The 2015 Charity Biathlon at The British International School will be held at their vast campus in Bintaro,Tangerang-Banten which starts at 07.00 am. ISDI will be represented by 30 strong men and women team of athletes. At these times we can see how delighted the parents will be at the performances of their special children….responding to the thunderous applause of the supporters.

November 19

We seem to develop a real friendship with SPH- Sekolah Pelita Harapan or Pelita Harapan School, located at 2500 Boulevard Palem Raya, Lippo Village, Tangerang, Banten  The first get together of this school year (1 of 3 meetings) is themed “ Service in Action”..which aims at doing charity on  their part helping Down syndrome of our Center with handicraft to be sold for fund raising.  This year it is planning and drafting materials for calendar of 2017 which will continue to the second and third get together in 2016. As always, after the initial hand shake and get to know each other.. they seemed to be deep into working together to make this project a success….but there is fun and laughter too …and at the end of the day…it is a happy ending for everyone..  
November 20
The University of Atma Jaya extended an invitation for ISDI to perform Disco Kicir-Kicir for their closing ceremony of new entrance of the 15th Psychology class of 2015.  Mrs. Aryanti R. Yacub also graced the occasion with talk show to raise awareness about Down syndrome in step with the university’s 5 concept of life which one of them being RESPECT for others.
November 22 This is a very special occasion for ISDI dance group because all of the three dance groups: A, B and C all perform at the same event and they are: The Piring Dance a traditional folklore dance from Sumatra, Disco Kicir-Kicir from Betawi and Yamko Rambe Yamko from Papua New Guinea. This special event is a commemoration of the 70th birthday of Madiun town in East Jawa…hence the East Jawa stage/podium at the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah…a miniature of all the 33 provinces of Indonesia in one place.
November 23 Mrs. Aryanti R. Yacub as chair of ISDI attended the launching of a book for Disability on Participation of The Disable in Politics.  
November 26 Mrs. Aryanti R. Yacub as chair of ISDI is joining other invitees to meet and discuss: Caring and Sharing in The People-Centered ASEAN Community, which will be held at Jl. Hanglekiu 3 no. 19, kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.
December 01 Students of The Center of Hope ISDI will be having field trip to PT. Prima Food International- a factory producing chicken nuggets and sausages…a firm favorite food of theirs.  It will be very interesting as well as educational for all.
December 07 Raffles International Christian School is inviting students of The Center of Hope ISDI to celebrate Christmas together at their school campus in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta with morning prayers, brunch, entertainments, performances by Center of Hope students of music, dance and poem readings.  It will be the first time our students read poems…and of course it will be amazing.
About Us

ISDI (Ikatan Sindroma Down Indonesia or Indonesian Down syndrome Society) was formally established on 21 st April 1999. A non-profit support group of parents, medical professions, special-needs experts, teachers, and all of those who have deep concern.

We, as parents are very concerned of the future of children with Down syndrome in Indonesia especially when little is done to support them by the government or other non-profit organizations.

We so look forward towards a better future by sharing our experiences and supporting each other in our monthly gatherings. This way we gain knowledge and our children benefit from our experiences.

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