• Emirates Down Syndrome Association is organizing the World Down Syndrome Congress 2020, which will be held in Dubai World Trade Center in November 2020. This is a first of its kind event that is held in the Middle East and North Africa. In a global phenomenon, that will bring together more than 1,200 experts, specialists and researchers in the field of Down Syndrome and their families.
  • The congress will discuss significant developments and research in the last three years in main areas that are compliant to the highest international standards for People of Determination with Down Syndrome. Topics will include health, education, employment, sports and decent standard of living, social protection, and legal recognition, participation in general and independent life. In addition, to the social and cultural integration, and many other fields.
  • WDSC 2020 the largest global congress for People with Down Syndrome, brings together all involved entities, researchers, service providers and professionals accompanied with rich experiences in educational, medical, social aspects and the latest researches and best practices as well as sharing lived experience of Down Syndrome from worldwide.
  • Family-based event will be an opportunity for all family members to attend, and to share their inspiring success stories, challenges facing people with Down Syndrome, self- advocacy, empowerment and societal inclusion.
  • The UAE is hosting an event of such magnitude because of its remarkable history in international achievements. The continuous humanitarian initiatives and the direction from its prudent leaders to implement the latest standards by providing People of Determination with equal opportunities in all areas of life.

WDSC Principles


  • Representatives of countries from all over the world, specifically including developing countries, to participate in the WDSC.
  • A mix of self-advocates, advocates, disability groups and organizations, education, health and social professionals, scientific researchers and other interested parties


  • Plurality in the ideas, methods, actions, theories and opinions which should always be strictly respectful of advocacy, science and ethics.
  • Total exclusion of fundamentalism and financial or political interest.


Diversity in the rights and opportunities for persons with Down Syndrome on an equal basis with others, which should be recognized and respected with reference to the people of determination (UNCRPD).


Showcase specific aspects concerning Down Syndrome so that the most effective medical, educational and social practical applications can be designed to increase their contribution in society.


Equal Rights on an equal basis in all levels and in all areas.

Quality of life for persons with Down Syndrome

  • Their needs and expectations are satisfied.
  • Develop their full potential.
  • Enjoy all of their inherent rights as set out in the UNCRPD.

WDSC Objectives

Scientific Development

Present the most important scientific advances that have taken place in the last 2 years in the major disciplines connected with Down Syndrome

  • Health (includes all medical sciences and practices)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Adequate Standard of living
  • Social Protection
  • Legal Recognition
  • Participation in public, political and independent life
  • Being included in the community and cultural
  • Recreational, leisure and sporting participation

Practical Examples

  • Present applications of best practices in various disciplines.
  • Present personal testimonies, positive experiences and opinions addressed to persons with Down Syndrome and those who live and work with them
  • Full inclusion of persons with Down Syndrome in all areas of society


  • Support and encourage persons with Down Syndrome who would like to advocate for themselves
  • Support parents and family member
  • Encourage support groups and organizations to advocate for persons with Down Syndrome
  • Showcase the innovative and positive work that is being done by self-advocates and advocates around the world to improve quality of life for persons with Down Syndrome
  • Particularly focus on countries where the political, economic, social or cultural situations makes effective advocacy most challenging

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