We are the global network of people with Down syndrome and their families.

Together, we speak up for the human rights of all people with Down syndrome around the world.

Our vision is a better world where all people with Down syndrome are fully included in society.​

Inclusive education

We advocate for every child to have access to inclusive and equitable quality education to enhance their opportunities and quality of life.


Author: Anna Sands

Inclusive employment

We advocate for open, inclusive, and accessible workplaces.​


Author: Anna Sands

Inclusive health

We advocate for everyone to have the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health, without discrimination.


Author: Anna Sands

Inclusive organisations

We advocate for organisations to include people with disabilities in everything they do.


Author: Anna Sands


We support self-advocates and train national Down syndrome organisations to run self-advocacy groups.


Author: Nathan Rowe

World Down Syndrome Day

21 March is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), the day that the Down syndrome community creates a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.



Improve lives with your support!

We need your support to continue our work improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. Donate today.


Author: Andrew Boys

World Down Syndrome Congress 2024

Down Syndrome Australia invites you to the 15th World Down Syndrome Congress in Brisbane. Register today!




Author: Anna Sands

Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre,Southbank, Brisbane

Join our network

If you like what you have seen, why not sign up to join our network?


Author: Anna Sands

Our impact


  • 13th World Down Syndrome Day Conference

    Join us at the United Nations in New York as we launch our new Health Equity project. Hear from self-advocates, supporters, government and UN officials and NGO representatives as they share knowledge, experience, and good practice. Read more

  • World Down Syndrome Day 2024

    On World Down Syndrome Day (21 March), people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organise and participate in activities and events to raise awareness. Together we create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome. Read more

  • Time to transform care and support systems

    On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd of December 2023, we call for the establishment of human rights-based support and care systems. Read more

  • Health equity

    On World Down Syndrome Day 2024, we will launch this new project to gather evidence about health equity for people with disabilities and bring about urgent change. Read more

  • Bridge Alumni Reference Group

    DSi is supporting self-advocates with intellectual disabilities to improve Bridge training - a program that helps advocates speak up for the rights of people with disabilities. Read more

  • The World Down Syndrome Awards

    We are happy to share the 2023 World Down Syndrome Awardees. Congratulations to all! Read more

  • Announcing the World Down Syndrome Awards 2023

    The awards committee, which included people with Down syndrome and their family members from around the world, have chosen 5 awardees for the 2023 awards. Read more

  • Statement on the situation of persons with disabilities in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory

    As a member of the International Disability Alliance, we share the views in this statement. Read more