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! 

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). 

Down Syndrome Australia calls for an end to discrimination on the basis of disability in migration policy

5 August 2019

Down Syndrome Australia (DSA) is pleased to learn about changes to the migration requirements for people with a disability which were revealed today. We are disappointed, however, that these changes do not go far enough to end the discriminatory approach of preventing migration based on the hypothetical cost of the disability. See full media release