In January, DSi was delighted to publish the first set of Education project toolkits to help translate and promote the use of the International Guidelines for the Education of Learners with Down Syndrome. Soon after in March, we celebrated our first translations into French and Bosnian languages. Other translations are in the pipeline.


In February, we were delighted to see an article published in the Journal of Cardiology about our cardiac work.

Cadiac consensus document

In March we organised the 10th World Down Syndrome Day Conference. For the second year in a row, this was a virtual event in line with COVID guidelines.

2021 conference theme "Connect"

World Down Syndrome Day conference

In June we published a statement calling for the prioritisation of people with Down syndrome in the COVID-19 vaccination programme and worked with our global network of member organisations to advocate for vaccine prioritisation in their jurisdictions.

COVID-19 vaccination prioritisation

Also in June we were delighted to see the launch of the new Down's Syndrome Association (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) website which we worked with them to plan and create over the past 2 years.

In September we launched our UK-based pilot study to share the key messages of the International Guidelines for the Education of Learners with Down Syndrome with key education stakeholders.

Inclusive education pilot study

In September we published a case study on the best practices in inclusive employment of people with intellectual disabilities, this one based in Bangladesh. We have been working with self-advocates in Bangladesh and in several African countries to advocate for inclusive employment.

Inclusive employment

In November we enjoyed the exciting and informative World Down Syndrome Congress 2021, hosted by Emirates Down Syndrome Association.

WDSC 2021

We are making progress on our inclusive participation project work by researching apps to enable people with Down syndrome and organisations to interract.

Inclusive participation with CAST