About Us

About Us

About Down Syndrome Association

Borne out of love and devotion by a group of parents of children with Down syndrome, Down Syndrome Association (Singapore), is primarily a self-funding, non-profit social service agency established in 1996 to support and educate families, professionals, and the public about the genetic condition. The Association is committed to providing holistic support for families and caregivers; facilitating a person with Down syndrome to attain his or her full potential; and enabling them to contribute back to the society.


Our Vision

To be the Centre of Excellence for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community.

Our Mission

  • Develop individuals with Down syndrome through lifelong learning and social integration.
  • Support families through specialist services, information, and education.
  • Advocate for equal opportunities, quality of life and their contribution to society.

Our Shared Values


We demonstrate strong belief in and dedication to our shared vision and core values.


We uphold ethics and moral principles in all our conduct.



We aim to excel in all that we do with positive attitudes, openness, and knowledge.


We achieve our goals through camaraderie, synergy and partnership for the benefit of our stakeholders.

Charity Information

Unique Entity Number (UEN): S96SS0170K
Registered Society since 16 September 1996.
Registered Charity since 17 January 1997.
IPC Status: Live
IPC Effective Period: 1 Oct 2022 to 31 July 2025
Registered Address: 9 Bishan Place #09-01, Junction 8 (Office Tower) Singapore 579837
Sector Administrator: Ministry of Social and Family Development

Auditor: Helmi Talib LLP
Bankers: DBS Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, UOB Bank
Fund Manager: DBS Bank Treasury & Markets, Lion Global Investors, UOB Asset Management Ltd


About Down Syndrome Association

  • 1995
    Formation of the Down Syndrome Support Group
  • 1996
    Appointed as the organiser for the 2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Down syndrome
    Registered with Registry of Society (ROS)
  • 1997
    Registered as a charity under the Charities Act
    Accepted by National Council of Social Service as a member
  • 2001
    Official Opening of Enable Centre at Telok Blangah Crescent
  • 2002
    Initiated a pilot pre-school integration programme at Radin Mas Kindergarten
  • 2004
    Commencement of Adult Enhancement Programme
    Commencement of Enrichment Programmes
    Appointed as the organiser for the 8th World Down Syndrome Congress held in Singapore
  • 2006
    Inaugural launch of World Down Syndrome Day
  • 2008
    Official Opening of DSA Thrift Shop
  • 2009
    Commencement of Integration Facilitation Support Programme
  • 2013
    Official Opening of DSA Centre at Bishan Junction 8
  • 2015
    Commencement of Infant Toddler Programme
  • 2018
    Commencement of Our Lives, Our Voices: A self-advocacy project
  • 2019
    Official Opening of Independent Living and Training Centre
  • 2021
    Launch of Early Start Family Programme

Our Patron & Advisors


Mr Tan Soo Khoon
Emeritus Professor Dr S. Vasoo
Dr Balbir Singh
Dr Bhavani Sriram
Ms Christine Sekhon

Board of Management 2021/22

Deputy Chairperson
Honorary Secretary
Honorary Treasurer
Immediate Past Chairman

Mr Alex Yan Chun We
Ms Li Shuyun
Mr Chan Wing Git
Mr Adrian Foo Qi Jing

Mr Gerard Lim Ju Boon
Mr Jonathan Seow Wei Peng
Ms Kan Lai Lai Monica
Mr Khairul Alam
Ms Lia Marahusin (co-opted)
Mr Prabhakaran Gopalan Nair
Mr Teh Chu Tak Moses

Senior Management Team

Executive Director
Assistant Director, Services

Admin Manager
Finance Manager


Ms Evelyn Lai (from 15 May 2023) /
Mr Yeo Ando (till 30 June 2023)
Mdm Premalatha d/o Parasuraman
Ms Lilian Han
Ms Yen Nie Tjia

Corporate Governance

Code of Governance

All IPCs and Charities in Singapore to comply with the Code of Governance implemented in November 2007. This involves submitting online the extent of compliance through the Governance Evaluation Checklist developed by the Charity Council via the Charity Portal.

We are pleased to report that DSA has complied with all applicable guidelines of the Code of Governance Evaluation Checklist for large charities with gross receipts of $10 million or more; and IPCs with gross annual receipts of $200,000 and up to $10 million.

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Whistleblowing Policy

DSA is committed to serving with integrity and compliance with regulations. DSA has a whistle-blowing policy which provides an avenue for individuals to report wrongdoing or improprieties in financial or other matters within the charity safely and without fear of repercussion.

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