Support Us : Membership / Join the DSA

Why should I become a member?

  • Join a community of people which will provide support, advice, friendship, advocacy.
  • Our members feedback helps us define the direction of the DSA.
  • Everything we do at the DSA is geared to supporting people with Down’s syndrome, their families and carers.
  • The more members we have, the stronger our voice when campaigning.

What we provide for our members?

  • Expert Advice on all aspects of living with Down’s syndrome.
  • Up-to-date relevant Information. We have a wide range of resources already in existence and this list will continue to grow in relation to our members needs.
  • Life-long support.

Expert Support for Members

Assessment and Advice Services

We provide assessments and written reports for children and adults through our Assessment Service. The costs of the individual assessment service is subsidised by the DSA. The individual assessment service is only available to DSA members. Information about assessments


Our Information Officers are available to ask any queries or concerns on every aspect of Down’s syndrome. The helpline advisers are the first point of contact to access advice including issues related to:

  • Health and social care
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Education
  • Communication

Bespoke Training Services

Available to individual members, to schools and colleges and to adult services on a range of issues defined by you. Training

Fees for Membership

Free       Parents with a child under 12 months of age.

Free       Adults with Down’s Syndrome in the UK.

£15         Annual general membership (parents, relatives, carers, professionals)

£30         Overseas membership for an adult with Down’s Syndrome

£30         Overseas membership (parents, relatives, carers, professionals)

We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations and membership subscriptions, so please give as generously as you can.

Join today – “The more members we have, the stronger our voice”

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