What We Do

inverleith-park-83-of-98Down’s Syndrome Scotland (DSS) is a parent led charity which was established in 1982.  We are the only charity in Scotland dedicated solely to supporting people with Down’s syndrome (Ds) and their carers.

Down’s Syndrome Scotland provides “all through life” support nationally across Scotland.

We know that every person with Down’s syndrome is a unique individual, full of potential.

We work to help people with Down’s syndrome reach their full potential by providing information and support to them, their families, carers and professionals at whatever age and stage of life. We also work to influence government policy to ensure that the society in which we all live reflects the needs of people with Down’s syndrome.

You can download our Memorandum Articles of Association here.

Our strategic outcomes are:

  • Children and adults with Ds, their parents and families, receive appropriate and timely information and support through all the ages and stages of their lives.
  • Public and professional attitudes to Ds will be more positive and inclusive.
  • Children and adults with Ds will be provided with choices and support to enable them to develop and reach their full social, physical and intellectual potential.
  • Down’s Syndrome Scotland (DSS) will be fit for purpose, by being compliant with legislation, striving for continuous improvement and encompassing best practices

To find out more about our strategic outcomes please read our Strategic Framework.

We aim to achieve these through the information and support we offer. Please visit the New Parents, Our Services or Resources pages to find out more.


For information on what’s going on in your area, please visit the Your Local Branch Page.

Alternatively, please get in touch with us directly on 0131 442 8840 or info@dsscotland.org.uk