Early in 1995, a group of parents of children with Down syndrome recognized that a great need existed in Singapore to support and educate families, professionals and the public about Down syndrome. Out of a meeting held on 1 October 1995, the Down Syndrome Support Group was formed. The following May, the group organized and hosted, with great success, the 2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Down Syndrome. This achievement coupled with the enthusiasm generated among parents, professionals and community members enable the formal registration of the group as the Down Syndrome Association (Singapore) in September 1996. The Association was awarded official recognition by the National Council of Social Services on 4 July 1997.

As a self-funding, non-profit organization, we work closely and regularly with health and educational professionals and other voluntary welfare organizations. The Association is affiliated to international bodies such as the International Federation of Down Syndrome (FIDS) and the Asia-Pacific Federation of Down Syndrome, and regularly works in tandem with other Down syndrome associations worldwide.
Our goals and aspirations...

We acknowledge and respect the right of all individuals with Down syndrome to receive an adequate response to their needs. We are thus committed in our aims to:

  • Provide support to families and caregivers

  • Enable a person with Down syndrome to attain his or her full potential

  • Help a person with Down syndrome to lead a normal life and thus be able to contribute to society

  • Educate the public on Down syndrome

  • Help integrate a person with Down syndrome into mainstream society

  • To enable a richer and more meaningful life for all people with Down syndrome