Thank you for your interest in organisation membership.

What our members say:

"Your organisation has helped us in our successful advocacy and activism for a more inclusive society." - Down Syndrome Family Network, Trinidad and Tobago
"As a Country representative, we are proud to be among you and to benefit from the advantages offered to you." - Down Syndrome Madagascar

We have two types of members:

  • Representative organisations are usually national Down syndrome organisations that represent their country at DSi. Many of these national organisations are also members of world regional networks, with whom we maintain strong relationships.
  • Affiliate organisations are other Down syndrome or disability advocacy groups, or those who focus on specific issues like healthcare, education, employment or other service provision. 

The benefits of each membership type can be found below.

Annual membership for an organisation is £300 (GBP). For organisations with minimal financial means, DSi may waive or reduce the annual subscription.

We have criteria for organisations that would like to join our membership.

Organisation membership criteria

If your organisation meets these criteria you can apply for membership by completing the 'Expression of interest' form below. Once you have submitted this form you will receive the application form. Please complete the application form in full. The final decision will be made by the Board of Trustees.

Expression of interest

Benefits of representative membership

Potential partner for DSi national and international projects
Support and advice developing the capacity of your organisation and activities
Stakeholder input from your organisation into the development of DSi activities
Stakeholder input by people with Down syndrome from your organisation into the development of DSi activities
Contact information listed on DSi's Global Contacts web pages
Potential to host the World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC)

In addition to these benefits, representative members are also entitled to all of the benefits of our affiliate members listed below:

Benefits of representative and affiliate membership

Opportunities to actively engage in DSi's World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and WDSC activities

Representation internationally through DSi's membership and participation in the International Disability Alliance

Opportunity to join global network forums to share and discuss best practices and topics of importance to people with Down syndrome, advocates and professionals

Discount on WDSD merchandise

Organisation details are listed on a DSi members web page