DSi is here to support and bring together the Down syndrome community through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our critical work continues to improve lives and ensure equal rights for all people with Down syndrome.

We are needed now

DSi’s crucial work is needed now, more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic itself requires a specific and vital response by our community.

Since March, we have responded quickly and effectively.

"Thank you so much for working to help my son and others during the crisis...I will sleep better knowing that someone else is paying attention!"

Learn about our COVID-19 work

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We also have a number of much needed projects in other areas, working with our membership network, which we have been adapting to the changing situation and trying to maintain pre-agreed funding for.

See examples of our other work

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Why is this appeal urgent?

DSi has seen a dramatic loss in recent income (90% in April compared to last year), due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown coinciding with World Down Syndrome Day. We anticipate further income shortfalls this year. 

Our national member organisations are responding to the pandemic. But many are losing income and struggling to deliver their vital services, even when demand for those services, just like ours, has never been higher.

In a recent DSi survey of our member organisations:

71% reported they have reduced funding

72% have to operate at a reduced level

DSi has funding secured to continue projects with our members, some of which is specifically for a COVID-19 response.

But these funds must be spent on project specific costs.

Because we are facing a marked fall in the types of funding that would normally help to cover our core running costs, we face the likely possibility of not being able to pay for our vital headquarters staff, who must be in place to enable us to deliver on our projects.

We operate with a small, dedicated and efficient team. We cannot afford a huge drop in our funding. We do not have the benefit of substantial funding reserves and this situation could possibly make the future for DSi unsustainable.

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Please give today

We understand that people and organisations across the world are facing similar challenging times to us.

But we ask you to consider making a donation of any amount or doing some much needed fundraising for DSi in any way you can.

Now is when we need your support. 

Thank you!

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You can make a one-off donation via text message:

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You can call us on +44 (0)1395 493108 or email us [email protected] and we can arrange a payment by credit card, debit card or electronic transfer.

Please state that you want your funds to go to our "Global Support 2020 - urgent appeal", thank you!

Donate by post

Cheques should be made payable to "Down Syndrome International" and posted to:

Down Syndrome International
7-9 Chapel Street
United Kingdom

Please state that you want your funds to go to our "Global Support 2020 - urgent appeal", thank you!

DSi and COVID-19

DSi’s crucial work is needed now, more than ever. The pandemic itself requires a specific and vital response by our community.

Since March, we have responded by:

  • compiling and sharing up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19 and appropriate responses to it;
  • working with our member organisations to gather experiences of people with Down syndrome, families and advocates and other evidence of what is happening related to COVID-19 around the world;
  • working with the international disability community and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) to ensure a disability inclusive response to the COVID-19 crisis and
  • working with our member organisations to identify the challenges they are facing and the support they need in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries.

Learn more:

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Blog

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Examples of our work

Watch this short video about our impact.

Education guidelines

DSi's international guidelines for the education of learners with Down syndrome were published in July 2020.

The Guidelines have been written by experts in the field and informed by international stakeholder feedback, with the overall aim to improve the availability and quality of education around the world.

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Inclusive participation guidelines

We are working in partnership with Inclusion International and our global networks to develop international guidelines on the inclusive participation of people with intellectual disabilities in the running and work of organisations.

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Nigeria self-advocacy

Our recent self-advocacy facilitation training with Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria has led to the empowerment of a group of people with Down syndrome in Lagos.

It has been an absolute pleasure to see the increase in confidence of the self-advocates since November 2018. We are incredibly proud of each of the self-advocates and all that they have achieved so far. 

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Turkey self-advocacy

We trained a group of self-advocacy facilitators from Down Turkey and over 10 months supported them to establish and run a self-advocacy group for people with Down syndrome.

Self-advocates from the group have spoken at the UN in New York and the Turkish Parliament and have been interviewed on Turkish CNN.

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Rwanda new organisation

We supported the establishment of the Rwanda Down Syndrome Organisation, the first organisation of its kind in Rwanda.

We are continuing to provide the organisation with financial support, training and mentoring to help it grow and support more people with Down syndrome and their families in Rwanda.

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