Down syndrome explained
Down syndrome is the most common intellectual disability with more than 13,000 Australians currently living with the condition. Many people living with Down syndrome lead happy and normal lives within their communities, while others may require high support due to complex health issues or a greater level of intellectual disability. Learn more about Down syndrome and the supports available below.
What is Down syndrome?
Down syndrome is a genetic condition affecting more than 13,000 Australians. It is the most common chromosome disorder and intellectual disability. Every person with Down syndrome is unique and there are varying levels.
Down syndrome resources
Whether you are the person living with Down syndrome, a carer, family member or friend, there are some great resources and support groups available to help you with practical and emotional support.
Madeline's story: Walking the runway for equality
Three years ago, an 18 year old woman from Brisbane, Australia made history while strutting her stuff on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. Not only was she showcasing beautiful designs, but in that very moment she was making history as the first woman with Down syndrome to walk in the highly coveted event and the world was certainly watching.
Down syndrome and the NDIS
If you or your child has been diagnosed with Down syndrome you should be able to receive Government funded assistance and support services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Who can help?
There are a number of professionals who can help you work through the different challenges of a Down syndrome diagnosis. They can help you to understand and adapt to the condition and also give you the tools and support to gain a variety of skills such as communication or social interactions, manage behaviours or learn important life skills.
Support for people with Down syndrome
From understanding accommodation options to getting help with childhood supports, accessing in home support or learning important life skills, there is a wide range of support services available to help you if you are looking for assistance to manage day-to-day life with Down syndrome.