We provide information, training and support to Down syndrome organisations around the world, to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to promote the human rights of people with Down syndrome in their countries.


Example - Indonesia

In Indonesia we have been providing support to a self-advocacy group for people with Down syndrome. We provide advice and resources about running self-advocacy groups.

Read more about the organisations we support here:

Other support


The challenge

In many developing countries people with Down syndrome face various barriers, including negative attitudes, an absence of support and services, and a lack of laws and policies protecting their fundamental human rights.


What we do

National organisations know their country context best, they just need support to build their capacity and skills.

We provide expert advice and training to Down syndrome organisations in developing countries, to build their capacity to run their organisations well and to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome. This includes:

  • Support with strategic planning to ensure the organisation is focused and efficient;
  • Training on key areas of running an organisation including budgeting, project management, fundraising etc.;
  • Training to develop expertise in key project areas, such as running self-advocacy groups.

Long term impact

A strong Down syndrome organisation can make the society it is based in more inclusive of people with Down syndrome. It can lobby government to better protect the rights of people with Down syndrome; change negative attitudes towards people with Down syndrome; and influence the reform of healthcare, education and other systems to ensure that people with Down syndrome are able to access key services.