DSi is working hard to respond to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and support our members and the global Down syndrome community during these difficult times.

Our response includes:

Compiling and sharing information

Compiling and sharing up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19 and appropriate responses to it. This includes:

Latest information on what we know currently about COVID-19:

What we know

Information on Down syndrome and COVID-19:

Down syndrome and COVID-19

Gathering experiences and evidence

We are 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. This includes:

  • The availability of information in accessible forms
  • How people with Down syndrome and their families are being included in responses to the crisis
  • Impact of quarantines on people with Down syndrome and their families
  • Support available for people with Down syndrome and their families during the crisis
  • Provision of healthcare for people with Down syndrome affected by COVID-19

It is very important that the rights of people with Down syndrome are respected, protected and fulfilled. Read more about this here:

Rights and COVID-19

If you have information to share about your experiences or the situation in your country, please contact your national Down syndrome organisation or contact us directly:

Contact us directly

International collaboration

We are working with the international disability community and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) to ensure a disability inclusive response to the COVID-19 crisis.

An example of a recent action we support IDA to take was a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) advocating for actions to address discrimination in medical responses to COVID-19 on the basis of disability.

This resulted in response from the Director General of WHO calling on governments to ensure this discrimination does not happen. Click here to read more about the letter and response:

Letter to WHO

Support to member organisations

We are working on a strategy to support our member organisations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries, which we expect to start putting into action very soon.

We will be reaching out to our members to identify the challenges they are facing and the support they need.