WDSD Conference

Down Syndrome International is delighted to announce registration is now open for the 5th World Down Syndrome Conference!


Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

Date: Monday 21 March 2016 - 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm

Theme: “My Friends, My Community” - The benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults

Speakers: Please watch this space for announcements.


For those attending, we also announce 2 further events taking place for your consideration:

NDSS Present Beau & Friends

Sunday 20 March 2016, 7.30pm - Carnegie Hall, New York - watch the first person with Down syndrome to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall! 

For more information, please contact NDSS Senior Director of Special Events, Madeline Alemar malemar@ndss.org.

High-Level Panel to #ENDViolence against Children and Adolescents with Disabilities - UNICEF

Monday 21 March 2016, 1.30pm-3pm - UNICEF House, United Nations Headquarters, New York - please watch this space for further information.


People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.

The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, creating communities where children and adults with Down syndrome cannot integrate successfully with their peers.

But where children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this and environments of friendship, acceptance, respect for everyone and high expectations are created.

Not only this, but these environments prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.   

On World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March 2016, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Friends, My Community” and get the world talking about the benefits for everyone of inclusive environments.  




The World Down Syndrome Day Conference is sponsored by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Poland and Singapore, UNICEF, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and International Disability Alliance.

We look forward to meeting you all again for the 2016 World Down Syndrome Day Conference!


The World Down Syndrome 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