We're the national voice for Down syndrome

Down Syndrome Australia is made up of eight State and Territory associations providing support, information and resources to people with Down syndrome and their families across the country. The associations have come together to represent and progress the needs, interests and aspirations of people with Down syndrome and those that support them.

Membership of your State or Territory Association provides much-needed funds and links you in with the latest information and resources – and especially the vibrant community of people with Down syndrome, their families and supporters.

Make sure you head to your local state or territory website for information local to your area! 

Down Syndrome Australia raises concerns over use of R-word by AFL player

24 April 2017

Down Syndrome Australia was extremely disappointed to learn that footballer Heath Shaw used the R-word at a football match over the weekend in reference to another player. The use of this word is extremely offensive to people with an intellectual disability and there is no excuse for its use. It is a hurtful term which has a long history of being used to bully and demean people with an intellectual disability.

Read the story online or download the full media release.

Open Letter to WA Minister for Disability Services

18 April 2017

Down Syndrome Australia has written to the WA Minister for Disability Services advocating on behalf of Western Australians with Down syndrome to have equal access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

Shaping our Future: Discussions on Disability Rights

12 April 2017

On 6 April 2017, Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwan released his findings from the national consultations on "Shaping out Future: Discussions on Disabiity Rights". 

Productivity Commission Study - Costs of the NDIS

4 April 2017

Down Syndrome Australia has provided a submission to the Productivity Commission Stufy into the Costs of the NDIS. 

You can read our submission online, or dowload the submission in word or as a PDF