The WDSC is an unmatched opportunity for people with Down syndrome, families, advocates, professionals and researchers to meet, and share knowledge, insight and experience with others from different countries and environments around the world. Those who attend once rarely miss it again!

Down Syndrome International (DSI) are responsible for the World Down Syndrome Congress. DSI are committed to organising the World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC) in different locations around the world every 3 years.

We are very grateful to our national hosts for WDSC2024, Down Syndrome Australia who put in a huge amount of work to make WDSC happen.

Why Delegates Attend

  • Sharing experiences with other parents.
  • Being part of a world-wide Down syndrome community.
  • Watching new friendships develop amongst people with Down syndrome.
  • Great opportunity to meet leaders of large Down syndrome networks/organisations
  • To build capacity of smaller Down syndrome groups or newly formed groups.
  • Interacting and learning from other self-advocates groups from around the world and understanding how they achieved their goals.
  • Content, information and knowledge gained during the three days.
  • Being able to network with people from different cultures and countries and be able to develop a bigger network.
  • Face to face interaction with world renowned speakers.
  • Local cultural performances during the congress.

Down Syndrome International (DSi)

Down Syndrome International is committed to improving the lives of people with Down syndrome globally; our supporters are critical to our success. We can only improve the lives of people with Down syndrome because of our supporters’ hard work, tenacity and generosity. I attended my first international Down syndrome congress in 1993, where I learnt what I needed to do to craft an inclusive and meaningful life for our son. Thirty years on, he lives a life defined by him, where he is included, known and a confident and proud man with Down syndrome. I am grateful for the people like you who made that event possible. The same cannot be said for all people with Down syndrome in Australia or globally; real change can occur through your sponsorship. The World Down Syndrome Congress - Australia 2024 will touch the lives of many.

Bridget Snedden ONZM
Down Syndrome International

Australian Federal Government

Hosting the World Down Syndrome Congress in Brisbane, Australia is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen linkages between people with Down syndrome, families, researchers and service providers from around the world and share best practice. This includes showcasing the many positive changes and innovations being led by people with Down syndrome, governments, service providers, business and community organisations across Australia.
We look forward to a successful World Down Syndrome Congress.

Yours sincerely

Amanda Rishworth MP