LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation is proud to announce we’ve joined Down Syndrome International (DSi) as an affiliate member.
DSi is a global network of Down syndrome organizations representing 131 countries around the world. They’re aiming to channel the expertise and experience existing in many countries and use that knowledge to benefit other countries, especially those in the developing world, to better opportunities for people with Down syndrome.
LuMind RDS’s partnership with DSi took off with a burst of speed. In addition to being part of an international network of Down syndrome organizations, LuMind RDS is collaborating with DSi on events such as a meet and greet with Formula 1 legend and Down syndrome advocate Damon Hill in Austin, Texas and promotion of the LuMind RDS Runners program.
“LuMind RDS brings access to information on cognition research in Down syndrome, including breakthroughs related to aging and cognition, which is very important to the worldwide community,” said Andrew Boys, Director of DSi. “DSi was impressed with what LuMind RDS has accomplished and happy to support the research.”
LuMind RDS is proud of pushing the needle on Down syndrome cognition research and supporting the spread of best practices and awareness by joining DSi. Recently DSi has worked on projects providing information, expertise and training in Tajikistan and Oman and this year invited organizations from Albania, Nepal, Bangladesh, Botswana, Vietnam, Uganda, Nigeria, Bhutan and Mauritius to take part in a program at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai, India. Boys said their efforts focus on producing new information resources on medical care, development and education and employment, independent living and participation in society. DSi then looks to build the capacity of national Down syndrome organizations and provide training so that they can successfully advocate for people with Down syndrome in their countries.
“The countries with established programs are critical to building international consensus on some of these issues,” said Boys. “Many other countries are in very desperate situations, with people with Down syndrome facing prejudice and neglect. It’s critical to share knowledge, education and best practices and give fledgling groups in these countries the tools and the confidence to improve the situation.”
Founded in 1993, DSi may have a global reach, but their current footprint echoes the beginnings of Down syndrome. DSi is based in Teddington, England at the former home of pioneering Victorian Physician Dr. John Langdon Down, after whom Down syndrome is named.
Learn more about the great work DSi is doing around the world and look for more events and opportunities for collaboration between DSi and LuMind RDS.