Our Mission, Ethos and Values

Our vision

All people are valued, fully participating citizens.

Our mission

We are dedicated to being the primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome, their families and the professional community, working towards an improved quality of life for our members along with a respect and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of society.

Our ethos

We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of everything we do. We recognise the value and uniqueness of every person with Down syndrome. The unique and diverse needs of people with Down syndrome and their families govern all of our activities.

We are parent led – we promote our parents as well as our members with Down syndrome to get involved by encouraging support and collaboration as we all work together in working for a bright future for our members.

We are committed to working towards a society where people with Down syndrome have the same basic human rights to healthcare, education, employment opportunities and decision-making as all other citizens.

We believe in the right of parents to choose services for their child with Down syndrome and will continue to work with and lobby Government departments to make this right a reality for all members.

We are also committed to changing the traditional society’s traditional view of a person with Down syndrome as an ‘eternal child’.

We undertake to ensure that people with Down syndrome are treated with the same dignity and respect as all other citizens.