Down Syndrome

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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.

Read Madeline’s full story

Madeline's Story

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. The articles below explain more about NDIS and how to access the Scheme.

How to apply for NDIS funding

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.


Paediatricians manage the health of children, including physical, behaviour and mental health issues. They diagnose and treat childhood illness, infections and disease.

Speech Therapists

Speech therapists work on smoothing out communication and swallowing difficulties in both children and adults.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists (OTs) help people of all ages gain or regain their confidence and independence in everyday life.

Plan Support

Support services to help you manage the planning and funding allocated under NDIS.

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.

Childhood Supports

Early childhood intervention supports can help maximise your child's development and give them the skills to participate in daily activities.

Community Support

Being social and active in your community helps you to remain connected and is good for your wellbeing.


Students with disability can access additional support at primary and high school through both internal and external services.

In-Home Support

Supports such as personal care, cleaning or nursing care to help look after you in your own home.

Down syndrome related information articles

Here you’ll find a selection of information articles related to Down syndrome that have been published on Disability Support Guide to help you understand the condition or give further insight into getting the right supports.

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 …

What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic condition affecting more than 13,000 Australians. It is the most common chromosome disorde…

Down syndrome

Down syndrome is the most common intellectual disability with more than 13,000 Australians currently living with the …

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