About EDSA

The Association started as a small group in 2005, under the name “UAE Down Syndrome Support Group” and obtained the official Accreditation under the Ministerial Decree No. (405) on 2006 by Ministry of Community development; the official name of the association became “Emirates Down Syndrome Association”. It is Humanitarian Public Benefit Association that provides services to people of all ages and nationalities with Down Syndrome.

Our Vision: Improved quality of life for people with Down Syndrome

Our Mission: Inclusion and Empowerment of people with Down Syndrome through achieving their full potential and maximizing their skills to participate effectively and productively in society.

Our Slogan: Unlocking Hidden Potentials


The term Down Syndrome (DS) implies certain facial and clinical features shared by a group of individuals, such features are not necessarily gathered in a single individual, as some of them may display only a few of these characteristics. The syndrome occurs in all cultures and races, and was named Down Syndrome after a British doctor Langdon Down, the first doctor to describe the characteristics in 1866.


Down Syndrome is a genetic condition. It its not an illness or a disease. Down Syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. People with Down Syndrome commonly have 47 chromosomes in their cells instead of 46. Down Syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition, it occurs in one per 700 live births.


  • Physical characteristics and features
  • Health and developmental challenges
  • Intellectual challenges


  • Early Intervention Classes
  • Family Counselling
  • Special Education & Behaviour Modification
  • Allied Services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy)

A Qualified & experienced team provide the following services

  • Comprehensive assessment for each beneficiary to determine his skills in all developmental domains: (cognitive, gross and fine motor skills, communication and language, social and self-care)
  • Appropriate Educational Individual Plan (EIP) for each beneficiary in cooperation with the family
  • Training for families by providing psychological support and family counselling
  • Training Courses for the families
  • Training and empowering professional, teachers and care givers to deal with people with Down Syndrome
  • Early intervention plays an important part in the development of children with Down Syndrome. Early intervention can begin from the first few weeks after birth.

    People with Down Syndrome have equal rights in education, health and employment and the right-based approach allows them to fully function and become productive, included members of society, ensured by the Federal Law number 29 for the year 2006 in the Rights of Persons with Disability (People of Determination) and the national policies and relevant international conventions.

    Contact EDSA:
    Sunday - Thursday الأحد – الخميس
    07:30 AM - 03:30 PM
    Baghdad St, Alqusais 1, Dubai, UAE شارع بغداد- القصيص الأولى- دبي

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