We are very aware that the situation of people living through this crisis will vary hugely from country to country and from region to region. Practicing recommended measures such as social distancing, isolation with associated social care will not be possible for millions of people living in socially deprived areas.

The information in this section largely applies to people with Down syndrome, their families and advocates who are able to practice the virus containment restrictions imposed by governments and endorsed by health-related organisations around the world. Down syndrome and disability organisations have produced useful information.


Mental health

The coronavirus pandemic is an uncertain and worrying time and changes have to be made to everyday life. It is important to look after mental health at this time.  

Having a structure to each day, healthy eating, maintaining physical fitness and keeping in contact with family and friends using technology, all have a positive impact on mental health. 

"Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus crisis" - developed in Australia by the New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability

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"Supporting young people and adults with Down syndrome through times of change" - developed in the United Kingdom by Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA)

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"For family and supporters - a reminder if you don’t look after yourself, it can make it harder to support someone else" - developed in the United Kingdom by Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA)

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"Creating a ‘Virtual Circle’ of friends" - free training developed in Canada by Empowering Ability

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"Having fun and relaxing at home - Tips and ideas" - developed in the United Kingdom by Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA):

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Physical health

It is important to keep fit and healthy at this time.  If government restrictions allow to take daily exercise outside, where possible, this is recommended. Otherwise fitness routines at home can be adopted.

"Ideas for exercising at home" - developed in the United Kingdom by Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA):

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"Tips to support healthy eating" - developed in the United Kingdom by Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA):

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Learning at home

Many children and young adults staying at home will need support with their learning.

"Ten top tips for teaching your child with Down syndrome at home" - written by Dr Rhonda Faragher for Down Syndrome Australia

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"Information and free teaching resources" - developed in the United Kingdom by Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA)

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"Developing home school routines" - developed in the United States by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education

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"Online learning resources" - developed in the Untied States by National Down Syndrome Congress

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Therapy

"Support services resources" - developed in the Untied States by National Down Syndrome Congress

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Family fun

"Family fun activities" - developed in the Untied States by National Down Syndrome Congress

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Financial help and social support

Governments around the world are introducing in new legislation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For advice and information on how the current situation may affect people with Down syndrome, their families and advocates please seek advice from Down syndrome organisations in your country (see DSi's Global Contacts below) or governmental bodies.

DSi's Global Contacts