WDSD Conference 2015

Down Syndrome International is delighted to announce preliminary details of the 4th World Down Syndrome Day Conference:


"‘My Opportunities, My Choices’ – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families"

VENUE - United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

DATE - Friday 20 March 2015


Download our 'My Opportunities, My Choices' Information Leaflet.


People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children with ‘opportunities’ and as adults with ‘choices’.

People with Down syndrome face many challenges as children and adults which may prevent them enjoying their rights. Many people fail to understand that people with Down syndrome are people first, who may require additional support, but should be recognised by society on an equal basis with others, without discrimination on the basis of disability. 

Families normally have the strongest personal interest in the wellbeing of people with Down syndrome. Empowering families to recognise their equal status in society is crucial, so that they can provide support, advocate for them to be given opportunities and choices and empower people with Down syndrome to express their own views, make their own decisions and advocate for themselves.

For the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and in the ‘21’st anniversary year of the ‘International Year of the Family’, this conference will focus on the role of families and the positive contribution that they can make towards the enjoyment of full and equal rights for people with Down syndrome.


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

Registration for delegates will open and speakers will be announced early in 2015. If you would like to pre-register or suggest suitable speakers, please contact Andrew Boys by phone 0044 (0)1392 357554 or by email contact@ds-int.org.

We look forward to meeting you all again on Friday 20 March 2015 for the 2015 World Down Syndrome Day Conference!

Please watch this space for further announcements.


To learn more about the WDSD Conference and watch previous UN Webcasts, check out DSi's WDSD Conference pages.