WDSD Conference 2018

“What I bring to the workplace” 

On Wednesday 21 March 2018, Down Syndrome International will bring together people with Down syndrome, their supporters and advocates, senior representatives of major employers, experts in the field of disability employment, government and UN officials at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

Our aim is to reach out to key employment stakeholders to ensure they see the benefits of enabling people with Down syndrome and disabilities to make meaningful contributions in the workplace; then encourage these stakeholders to help us bring about positive change.    

Through a mix of panel discussion, case studies, testimonies and interactive Q&A with all delegates, we hope all who attend (or watch on UN Web TV) will be challenged and inspired to take action to ensure the inclusion of a substantial section of the world's population who are ready, willing and able to work.   

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Discussion Topics

We will focus on:

  • The benefits of employing people with Down syndrome and disabilities, both for employees and employers;
  • Consideration of these benefits from the individual person up to the strategic level, for employers of all sizes;
  • Innovative programmes which provide support both to employees and employers;
  • How to disseminate the message that people with Down syndrome and disabilities add real value to the workplace with the right support. 


The World Down Syndrome Day Conference 2018 is sponsored by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Brazil, Israel, Republic of Korea and Poland.  

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For more information please contact DSi's International Office.

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We look forward to meeting you at the World Down Syndrome Day Conference!

The World Down Syndrome Day Conference is an international conference held at United Nations Headquarters on or as close as possible to World Down Syndrome Day, organised by Down Syndrome International and sponsored each year by Permanent Missions of UN Member States and international agencies and non-governmental organisations. The Conference has a theme each year, which broadly aims to advance the human rights of persons with Down syndrome and disabilities, utilising the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and other human rights instruments. Speakers comprise a wide cross section from countries around the world and include professionals, advocates and self-advocates.

For further information on the UN CRPD visit the UN Enable website