DSi is working hard to respond to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and support our members and the global Down syndrome community during these difficult times.

Our response includes:

Compiling and sharing information

We have been compiling and sharing up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19 and appropriate responses to it.

We have created a dedicated area on our website for information and resources related to people with Down syndrome and COVID-19:


Gathering experiences and evidence

We are 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. This includes:

  • The availability of information in accessible formats;
  • How people with Down syndrome and their families are being included in responses to the crisis;
  • Impact of quarantines on people with Down syndrome and their families;
  • Support available for people with Down syndrome and their families during the crisis;
  • Provision of healthcare for people with Down syndrome affected by COVID-19.

It is very important that the rights of people with Down syndrome are respected, protected and fulfilled. Read more about this here:


If you have information to share about your experiences or the situation in your country, please contact your national Down syndrome organisation or contact us directly:

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International collaboration

We are working with the international disability community and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) to ensure a disability inclusive response to the COVID-19 crisis.

An example of a recent action is supporting IDA to take a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) advocating for actions to address discrimination in medical responses to COVID-19 on the basis of disability.

This resulted in a response from the Director General of WHO calling on governments to ensure this discrimination does not happen. Click here to read more about the letter and response:


Support for member organisations

We are 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.

We are running a series of webinars with our member organisations both to discuss the challenges and to deliver training on topics that can help them at this time.

Member organisations can register to participate in future webinars via the events area of the website. Recordings of previous webinars are also available to view in this area.


For new activity updates please visit our COVID-19 blog:


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