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! 

The Peanut Butter Falcon Movie Fundraiser

20 December 2019

On January 21, Down Syndrome Australia and Palace Cinemas are proud to invite you to a special advance screening event of THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, a heart-warming tale about a young boy with Down Syndrome who ventures into the world to chase a dream of wrestling stardom, meeting a drifter (Shia LaBeouf) their lives intersect and are profoundly changed forever.

$10 from every ticket sold will go directly to DSA and the State and Territory organisations  to support  people with Down Syndrome and their families across the country. This event is your first chance to see this beautiful film before its release, while also helping raise funds for our organisations.

Find a cinema near you and book now.  Click the link below to secure your ticket! https://www.palacecinemas.com.au/events/dsa-prents-the-peanut-butter-falcon/

Our CEO's blog on prenatal screening and 'Up the Duff'

8 November 2019

Our CEO Ellen Skladzien has shared her reflections on the 2020 edition of 'Up the Duff', and the current context of prenatal screening in Australia. 

Open letter to the author of ‘Up the Duff’

6 November 2019

Down Syndrome Australia’s CEO, Ellen Skladzien has written to the author of the book “Up the Duff” to express concerns about the portrayal of Down syndrome.  

UN Committee’s Outcomes Report on Australia

27 September 2019

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities published its findings in its September review of Australia’s progress in meeting its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).