Down's Syndrome Association

SDS Network England Sponsor

The Down's Syndrome Association (DSA) supports all people who have Down's syndrome, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them, throughout their lives. We are committed to improving the quality of life for people who have Down’s syndrome, promoting their right to be included on a full and equal basis with others.

Established in 1970, the DSA has evolved from a parent member organisation into a leading charity, raising awareness of the condition and improving the lives of people who have Down's syndrome.

Over the last 50 years, significant advances have been made in the lives of people who have Down's syndrome and their families. Life expectancy has improved because of developments in healthcare, and we now live in a society where there is an increasing expectation of inclusion for our community, in education and the workforce.

We provide extensive training and support to people who have Down's syndrome, their families and carers, professionals in schools, and health and social care settings. We also provide assessments and advice services for children and adults.

At the heart of the DSA is self-advocacy. Our Voice is a network of people across the UK who have Down's syndrome, supporting and advising us on national initiatives, research and resources. Our Voice also help to influence policy for those who have learning disabilities.