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


  • We are at the United Nations Conference of State Parties 2024

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  • Bridge Training review report

    We have completed our recommendation report on how to make the Bridge training more accessible for people with intellectual disabilities and Down syndrome. Read more

  • WHO 'Guide to Action' feedback

    Our team has been invited to give feedback on the World Health Organisation's 'Health Equity for Persons with Disabilities: a Guide for Action'. Read more

  • Announcing our new membership of PMNCH

    We are proud to announce our new membership of the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health. Read more

  • World Autism Awareness Day 2024

    The United Nations, in collaboration with the Institute of Neurodiversity, is hosting a virtual event - Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Autistic individuals share regional perspectives. Read more

  • Take part in our Health Equity Consultation

    We are working with Humanity & Inclusion to find out more about health equity for people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Please tell us about health in your country. Read more

  • Robin and Chaica go to Oman

    Robin and Chaica were invited by the ICCA to describe how to make conferences more inclusive for people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Read more

  • 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