The challenge of ensuring the rights of people with Down syndrome on an equal basis with others is often made harder during situations of risk and humanitarian crises.

The COVID-19 crisis is a good example of this.  

DSi and COVID-19

DSi’s crucial work is needed now, more than ever. The pandemic itself requires a specific and vital response by our community.

Since March 2020, we have responded by:

  • compiling and sharing up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19 and appropriate responses to it;
  • working with our member organisations to gather experiences of people with Down syndrome, families and advocates and other evidence of what is happening related to COVID-19 around the world;
  • working with the international disability community and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) to ensure a disability-inclusive response to the COVID-19 crisis and
  • working with our member organisations to identify the challenges they are facing and the support they need in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries.

COVID-19 response

Visit our COVID-19 response page to learn more about how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Response

Down syndrome and COVID-19

We have created a dedicated area on our website for information and resources related to people with Down syndrome and COVID-19:


COVID vaccination advocacy toolkit

We have produced a COVID-19 vaccination advocacy toolkit to help our supporters advocate for the necessary prioritisation of people with Down syndrome in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in countries worldwide.

The toolkit includes:

  • what we can do together to create a united global voice;
  • potential advocacy activities;
  • evidence to support the prioritisation of people with Down syndrome;
  • what health and research organisations are doing;
  • what disability and advocacy organisations are doing;
  • supporting materials including letter templates.

If you would like to access this toolkit please complete the COVID-19 response updates form: