We are developing international education guidelines for people with Down syndrome to improve the availability and quality of education around the world and to contribute to the realisation of their right to an inclusive education and lifelong learning as outlined in Article 24 of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).


The challenge

In many countries, poor understanding of Down syndrome and the educational considerations associated with it, lack of resources and discrimination within the educational systems, results in many persons with Down syndrome receiving little or no education.

There is a pressing need to address these issues and to make sure people with Down syndrome in countries around the world receive the education they require to achieve their full potential. There is currently no international best-practice guidance in this area.


What we are doing

We are working with educational professionals and experts from across the world. We will be seeking feedback from our global network of stakeholders, including persons with Down syndrome, their family members and supporters together with representatives from national Down syndrome organisations.

We will be using rigorous guideline methodology to create best-practice guidance for learners, teachers and managers in pre-school, school and post-school education settings to promote life-long learning. 


Long term impact

Opening up opportunities for people with Down syndrome.

The guidelines will be an important starting point in enabling people with Down syndrome to receive the educational support needed to achieve their full potential.  Education enhances life opportunities and quality of life. It promotes inclusion in society, interests and friendships and can facilitate greater independence and future employment. 

The guidelines will be disseminated via our global network. They will provide a global reference point and a lobbying tool for education professionals, learners, families and supporters, commissioners of services, national Down syndrome organisations, managers and charities to encourage adoption of best practice in their countries.