1993

DSi is founded as a result of a meeting between Jo Mills (Canada), Penny Robertson (Australia) and Sylvia Escamilla (Mexico) who formalised the mission and structure of the organisation.


2002

In May DSi is registered as a UK charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales.


2009

In May we deliver our first training programme, in Libya. 

In August the 10th World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC) takes place in Dublin, Ireland.

In November, we move to offices in Teddington, England at the former home of pioneering Victorian Physician Dr John Langdon Down, after whom Down syndrome is named.


2011

In December the United Nations General Assembly declares 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), a resolution proposed and promoted by Brazil, following a request by the Brazilian Federation of Associations of Down Syndrome, who worked with DSi and our members to launch an extensive campaign to generate international support.


2012

In March we organise the first WDSD Conference at United Nations HQ in New York, United States.

In August, we are in Cape Town, South Africa for the WDSC.


2013

In March we organise the 2nd WDSD Conference at United Nations HQ in New York, United States.

In April we visit Tajikistan to deliver education training.


2014

In March we organise the 3rd WDSD Conference at United Nations HQ in New York, United States.

In October we visit Oman to deliver healthcare training. 


2015

In March we organise the 4th WDSD Conference at United Nations HQ in New York, United States.

In August we are in Chennai, India for the WDSC.


2016

In March we organise the 5th WDSD Conference at United Nations HQ in New York, United States.

DSi supports the establishment of Rwanda Down Syndrome Organisation.


2017

In March we organise the 6th WDSD Conference at United Nations HQ in New York, United States.

Also in March we organise the first WDSD event at United Nations in Geneva.

We visit Peru to deliver our parent support project.

We visit Turkey to deliver our first self-advocacy training.


2018

In March we organise the 7th WDSD Conference at UN HQ in New York and the 2nd side event at the Human Rights Council, UN, Geneva, Switzerland. 

In July we are in Glasgow, Scotland for the 13th WDSC.  

We complete a 12 month self-advocacy project in Turkey.

In November we visit Nigeria to deliver self-advocacy training.

In December we visit Nepal to deliver our early development project.


2019

In March we organise the 8th WDSD Conference at UN HQ in New York and the 3rd side event at the Human Rights Council, UN, Geneva, Switzerland. 

In July we visit Bangladesh to deliver self-advocacy training.

In August the DSi Board members and staff meet to review our strategy and plan for the years ahead.

For the months and years ahead we have more crucial projects than ever before, improving lives for people with Down syndrome around the world.