“Reach Out” is the name for our outreach training programmes in developing countries.
With around 7 million people with Down syndrome living worldwide, it is the most common and recognised form of learning disability. But most people with Down syndrome face a harsh reality of very low life expectancy, physical and psychological abuse, stigma and segregation, and very limited life opportunities as children and adults. People with Down syndrome living in poverty face all of these challenges but it is also true across the spectrum of wealth due to educational, political, medical and social barriers.
We have so many requests for help from parents, groups and organisations in developing countries and we have the expertise and experience to provide information to health, education and social professionals working with people with Down syndrome and to help capacity build advocacy groups and organisations in areas including advocacy, self-advocacy, business strategy, legislation, government lobbying and human rights.
Through “Reach Out”, we can provide training and support to professionals, organisations, parents and people with Down syndrome, to empower them to advocate for the right to basic living standards, medical care, education and acceptance into society, and importantly allow people with Down syndrome to advocate for themselves.
DSi is the only international network advocating for people with Down syndrome and our contacts include advocacy groups in over 100 countries. Our framework and reputation enables us to utilise the expertise of internationally recognised professionals and channel it towards those who need it in regions where little public support is given to people with Down syndrome and their advocates.
We believe “Reach Out” can make a real difference to the life opportunities for people with Down syndrome. But we need your help to make this happen. You can help us by:
- Fundraising for our programmes. Please visit our Fundraising pages for more information.
- If you represent a Down syndrome advocacy organisation and would like to receive training please contact our International Office.
- If you represent a Down syndrome advocacy organisation and would like to help us provide training please contact our International Office.
We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations and membership subscriptions to generate our income, and we are in real need of funds for "Reach Out". Please consider fundraising for us or making a donation. Thank You.