Our first outreach programme.

In late 2007, BG Group Libya (BGL) reached out to DSi, seeking support for the Libyan Down Syndrome Association (LDSA), a fledgling non-governmental organization founded by parents of children with Down syndrome.

Driven by a shared belief in the right of all people with Down syndrome to live fulfilling lives, DSi sent two Board members to Libya in May 2008 to conduct an initial needs assessment. Their findings paved the way for a second visit in early 2009 by a team of five DSi specialists.

The team initially delivered workshops on a range of topics, but after feedback from LDSA and extensive discussions with all stakeholders, they tailored their presentations to meet the specific needs of the Libyan audience.

Upon their return, the DSi team compiled a detailed report outlining key recommendations for LDSA. The report sought to build on the LDSA's existing foundation and help it develop into a robust and knowledgeable organization that could provide sound advice and assistance to people with Down syndrome, their families, and all others in Libya with an interest in Down syndrome.

The DSi team's visit to Libya was a watershed moment for the LDSA and the Down syndrome community in the country. It planted a seed of hope, inspiring Libyans to work together to create a more inclusive world for people with Down syndrome.

10th World Down Syndrome Congress

In August 2009, the 10th World Down Syndrome Congress was hosted in Dublin, Ireland. The theme of the Congress, "Lifelong Living and Learning," reflected DSi's commitment to supporting people with Down syndrome to live fulfilling lives at every stage of their development.

One of the highlights of the Congress was a keynote address by Dr. Maria Montessori, the renowned Italian educator who developed the Montessori teaching method. Dr. Montessori spoke about the importance of creating inclusive learning environments where all children, regardless of their abilities, can thrive.

Another memorable moment from the Congress was a performance by the Down Syndrome International Choir, a group of talented singers from around the world. The choir's performance was a moving testament to the power of music to bring people together and to celebrate the unique gifts of each individual.

A new 'home' for DSi.

In November 2009, DSi moved to new offices in Teddington, England. The building was once the home of Dr. John Langdon Down, the pioneering Victorian physician who first identified Down syndrome in 1862.