We are an international disabled people's organisation, committed to improving quality of life for people with Down syndrome, promoting their right to be included on a full and equal basis with others.

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 are working with our global network of member organisations to advocate for inclusive employment.


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 your interest today!




Author: Anna Sands

Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre,Southbank, Brisbane

Our impact


  • WDSC 2024 - Call for presentations

    The congress team welcomes people with Down syndrome, academics, practitioners, family members and support people to submit a summary of what they would like to present at the event. Read more

  • New strategy in progress

    DSi is working on a new strategy for our organisation. This is essential to make sure we have a clear vision and plan for the next few years. Read more

  • Training self-advocate consultants on inclusive organisations

    We are training a new group of self-advocates with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities, to become consultants on inclusive organisations. Read more

  • Watch this space for inclusive education resources

    The Down's Syndrome Association is building on our Inclusive Education project to share resources to support teachers, SENCOs, school leaders and people who have Down’s Syndrome and their families. Read more

  • Get moving and fundraise for DSi

    Do you love being active? Fancy a challenge? Pick a run, inflatable run or bungee event and get fundraising for Down Syndrome International. Read more

  • An Arabic translation for Listen Include Respect

    Jordan’s Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Listen Include Respect team are working together to translate the Listen Include Respect Guidelines into Arabic. Read more

  • World Down Syndrome Awards

    We have received over 200 nominations for the Awards. The Awards will be announced at the end of October. Read more

  • John's Crazy Socks design contest

    Your opportunity to design a sock that people worldwide will proudly wear to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March 2024! Read more