Join us, wherever you are, for World Down Syndrome Day at the United Nations.

On Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th March join us online as we host our annual conference as a series of virtual events.

You can join us online from your smart phone or computer.

#CONNECT - Ensuring all persons with Down syndrome can CONNECT and participate on an equal basis with others.

Speakers will include people with Down syndrome, supporters and advocates, government and UN officials and NGO representatives. They will share their experiences, knowledge and expertise, bringing perspectives from around the world.

Please register for each of the sessions that you wish to attend.

Session 1 - Opening and Launch of 10th World Down Syndrome Day Conference - #CONNECT

In this webinar, we will look at the importance of #CONNECT (connecting) for people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting exacerbation of inequalities.

We will identify barriers and solutions to connecting to inform COVID-19 recovery plans and to build a future where connecting is possible on an equal basis with others.

Wed, Mar 17, 2021 10:00 AM EDT/2:00 PM UTC


Session 2 - The importance of inclusion and connection in education - barriers, solutions and COVID-19

In this webinar, we will explore the vision of inclusive education, the challenges faced in its realisation and the effect of COVID-19 on education around the world.

We will see experiences, information and examples of good practice in inclusive education during COVID-19 and innovative strategies for inclusive education during the COVID-19 recovery and beyond.

Thu, Mar 18, 2021 10:00 AM EDT/2:00 PM UTC


Session 3 - How to #CONNECT – barriers and solutions for people with Down syndrome

Connections are key for people with Down syndrome to lead full, meaningful lives and to enable them to fully participate in all aspects of life.

Connections enable others to hear their voice.

This webinar will showcase good examples of connecting and what it can achieve.

Solutions to connecting and innovative projects for removing barriers in the future with be showcased.

Fri, Mar 19, 2021 11:00 AM EDT/3:00 PM UTC


The WDSD Conference is organised by DSi. We are grateful to our sponsors the Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and Poland to the United Nations in New York and to UNICEF.

Other events you might be interested in:

Virtual WDSD side event in Geneva

National Representatives with Down Syndrome event

Find out what else is happening on World Down Syndrome Day:

World Down Syndrome Day