Down Syndrome Australia is the national peak organisation for people with Down syndrome in Australia. We provide systemic advocacy on behalf of people with Down syndrome and their families. We work to create change and make sure people understand the experiences of people with Down syndrome and their families. All our work is informed by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The state and territory associations provide a range of direct information, advocacy and support to people with Down syndrome and their families. They also provide training and information to other organisations such as schools and employers about Down syndrome.
Our collective purpose statement is: Leading change through the power of people with Down syndrome and the community.
People with Down syndrome are at the centre of all of the work that we do. The Down Syndrome Advisory Network (DSAN) is a group of people with Down syndrome chosen to work together to provide direct advice to the Down Syndrome Australia CEO and Board. A number of the state associations also have established advisory networks which provide advice on the services and supports provided locally. You can find out more about DSAN work here.