Community

People with Down’s syndrome tell us they want to be active members of their communities, they want to be visible, valued and included. And we know they have so much to give! 

When we ask adults with Down’s syndrome what would make their lives even better, they tell us they want to build friendships and have more opportunities to socialise. They want to be involved with activities and social events in their communities. Some people want to live in their own place, others want to work or to volunteer.  

People with Down’s syndrome have so much to offer as colleagues, friends, family members and neighbours and we want to make sure that everyone else can see this too. We know that the best people to make this happen are of course people with Down’s syndrome and their families and supporters across Scotland!

Follow our campaign to learn how we plan to show Scotland what people with Down’s syndrome can and do contribute to their communities.

Our 4 Big Issues

Employment

We know that lots of people with Down’s syndrome who want to work, don’t have a paid job. In fact, in Scotland only around 7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid work compared with 74% of the general population.

Health

We know that there is a need to address health inequalities and improve health outcomes for people with Down’s syndrome across Scotland.

Transition

We need to improve the experience of transitions for young people with Down’s syndrome. All children and young people face challenges as they move through education and into adult life but for those with Down’s syndrome there are some extra hurdles.

Community

People with Down’s syndrome tell us they want to be active members of their communities, they want to be visible, valued and included. And we know they have so much to give!