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

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Preliminary Panel Topics Announced

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 with ‘opportunities’ and ‘choices’. Download our 'My Opportunities, My Choices' Information Leaflet.

People with Down syndrome face many challenges as children and adults which may prevent them enjoying their basic human rights. Many people often 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 have a deep personal interest in the well-being of their members with Down syndrome. Empowering families to promote the equal status of their members with Down syndrome in society and development is crucial, so that they can provide support, advocate for opportunities and choices and empower people with Down syndrome to express their own views and make their own decisions, as well as 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, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UNICEF.

Registration for delegates is now open and speakers will be announced early in 2015. 

If you have any queries or would like to 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!


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