under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Crown Prince Of Dubai Chairman of The Executive Council

14 th World Down Syndrome Congress

18-20 Nov, 2021, Virtual Congress, Dubai, UAE

"Unlocking Hidden Potentials"

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KEY DATES

6 OCT 2021

Abstract Submission Deadline

10 OCT 2021

Notification of Abstract Acceptance

15 OCT 2021

Presentation Submission Deadline

18-21 NOV 2021

WDSC 2021

KEY DATES

30 AUG 2021

Abstract submission deadline

15 SEP 2021

Notification of Abstract Acceptance

15 OCT 2021

Presentation Submission Deadline

18-20 NOV 2021

WDSC 2021

WDSC 2021


HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Crown Prince of Dubai
Chairman of The Executive Council

Emirates Down Syndrome Association is organizing the World Down Syndrome Congress 2021, which will be held as a virtual congress in Nov 2021. This is a first of its kind event that is held in the Middle East and North Africa. In a global phenomenon, that will bring together more than 1,200 experts, specialists and researchers in the field of Down syndrome and their families.

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Crown Prince Of Dubai Chairman of The Executive Council,The congress will discuss significant developments and research in the last three years in main areas that are compliant to the highest international standards for People of Determination with Down syndrome. Topics will include health, education, employment, sports and decent standard of living, social protection, and legal recognition, participation in general and independent life. In addition, to the social and cultural integration, and many other fields.

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WDSC 2021

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Crown Prince Of Dubai Chairman of The Executive Council, Emirates Down Syndrome Association is hosting the World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC) 2021, which will be held virtually in November 2021. This is the first event of its kind to be held in the Middle East and North Africa. In a global phenomenon, the WDSC will bring together an anticipated 1500 delegates including people with Down syndrome, their families and advocates, experts, specialists and researchers in the field of Down syndrome.

The congress will discuss significant developments and quality research in recent years in key areas of global relevance to people with Down syndrome. Topics of interest will include health, education, employment, sports, recreation and leisure. Focus will be on human rights based issues (in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (UNCRPD)) such as ensuring adequate standard of living, social protection, legal recognition, social and cultural inclusion and the right to live an independent life.

The WDSC is a global event organised by Down Syndrome International (DSi) and hosted by DSi National Representative Organisations in different locations around the world.

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HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Crown Prince of Dubai
Chairman of The Executive Council

MESSAGE FROM WDSC 2021 PRESIDENT

It gives me a great pleasure to invite you to the World Down Syndrome Congress Dubai 2021, a great event that will bring together experts, parents, professionals, researchers sharing with us the latest trends and issues as well as success stories of people with Down syndrome. Appreciate the great support from our prudent leaders by adopting laws, legislations, National Policies and ambitious Read More... initiatives that promote the participation and inclusion in the community and positively engaging for People of Determination in their environments, as capable individuals of society. It is a unique and amazing experience to host this Congress for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region. We are proud that the choice from DSi was due to recognition of the role played by Emirates Down Syndrome Association (EDSA) and a culmination of its efforts in contribution to the improvement of the quality of lives for people with Down syndrome in the UAE, the most tolerant place on earth whereas more than 200 nationalities living together in peace and harmony. Looking forward to your valuable participation. Read Less


Dr. Manal Jaroor

President of WDSC 2021

Chairperson of Emirates Down Syndrome Association

Dr. Manal Jaroor is a pediatrician and founding member of Emirates Down Syndrome Association and a volunteer since 2005. The mother of the world champion Mr. Mahmoud Jaroor, a person with Down syndrome and the gold medalist in Bocce sport at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Read More... Dr. Manal received many awards including the Princess Haya Award for Special Education, for the category of the distinguished family, and the distinguished board member as well as the Ideal Mother Award from Al-Kharafi Center in Kuwait. She has a prominent role in volunteer work in the community and has provided many initiatives, lectures and workshops to spread awareness on Down syndrome. Read Less

MESSAGE FROM DSI PRESIDENT

On behalf of the DSi Board, staff, and members worldwide, it is an honour and a great pleasure to invite you to the 14th World Down Syndrome Congress Dubai 18 – 20 Nov 2021. This is the first World Down Syndrome Congress to be held virtually and the first WDSC in the Middle East. This event promises to inform, inspire and influence everyone who attends for years into the future. Read More... It has been encouraging to see the high level of interest in WDSC 2021 worldwide when we were in Glasgow for WDSC 2018 and since then through the DSi membership. We urge all of you to register to attend, submit your abstracts, and tell your friends and colleagues about this unique gathering of the global Down syndrome community. Thank you to Dr. Manal Jaroor, Emirates Down Syndrome Association, and the WDSC 2021 organising team for your leadership and work in organizing this significant international event. We know that through your efforts, we will all participate in a successful WDSC, which will ultimately improve lives for people with Down syndrome around the world. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the many partners and sponsors for their support. Thank you to all those concerned. We trust everyone who attends will find WDSC 2021 of great benefit and that you will share your experience with as many people as possible. We look forward to your valuable participation.. Read Less


Bridget Snedden

President of Down Syndrome International

New Zealander Bridget Snedden is the recently elected President of DSi. She has an adult son who has Down syndrome. Following his birth, Bridget became involved in advocating for the rights of people with Down syndrome. She has been working in the disability sector for over 25 years, focusing on people with intellectual impairment and, in particular, people with Down syndrome and their families. Read More... Bridget is deeply committed to ensuring that people with intellectual impairment have access to their human rights and live a life of dignity and respect. The same things contribute to a good life for all: family, health, education and opportunity. Read Less

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Quality of life for people with Down syndrome

Keynote Speakers

Abdulrahman Al-Halwan

My ampition can not be stopped


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Dr. Ahmed Al Omran

A human rights model of disabilities - The need for tangible changes


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Alison Thwaite

WorkFit Employment Programme - Supporting people who have Down syndrome into meaningful paid work in the UK


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Dr. Ammar Albanna

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children with Down Syndrome: Characteristics and Correlates


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Dr. Anthony L Brooks

“Tony Brooks’ SoundScapes: ‘(Working towards) Probably the best (Re)habilitation complex in the world’


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Cathy Earnshaw-Balding

WorkFit Employment Programme - Supporting people who have Down syndrome into meaningful paid work in the UK


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Sheikha Chaica Alqassimi

Inclusion in Society


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Dominique Kantor

Inclusive participation - including people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities in the work of organisations


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Prof. Eman Gaad

Educating learners with Down Syndrome in regular classroom: issues and challenges


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Gopal Mitra

Inclusive participation - including people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities in the work of organisations


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Harry Roche

Inclusive participation - including people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities in the work of organisations


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Prof. Jumana Al-Aama

Down Syndrome clinical issues from bedside to bench and what we’ve learned


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Dr. Mohammad Ali Fteiha

Enhancing the Communication skills of children and teenagers with Down syndrome


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Dr. Mohammed Al-Houqani

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Down Syndrome


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Ms. Rahma Khaled

There is no impossible with the will


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Ms. Rawan AlDuwaik

Rawan Quran Memorizer


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Rhonda Faragher

Taking positive steps towards inclusive equitable education


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Sue Swenson

Taking positive steps towards inclusive equitable education


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Dr. Suresh Seshadri

Prenatal awareness and current technologies for prenatal detection of Down Syndrome


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Thomas Austin

WorkFit Employment Programme - Supporting people who have Down syndrome into meaningful paid work in the UK


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Tommy Patrick

WorkFit Employment Programme - Supporting people who have Down syndrome into meaningful paid work in the UK


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Ximena Rodríguez

Taking positive steps towards inclusive equitable education


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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • People with Down syndrome
  • Family Members
  • Researchers
  • Scholars
  • Academics
  • Professionals in other fields related to Down
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  • Students
  • Medical Professionals
  • Therapists
  • Specialists
  • Professionals Allied to Medicine

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • People with Down syndrome
  • Family Members
  • Researchers
  • Scholars
  • Academics
  • Students
  • Medical Professionals
  • Therapists
  • Specialists
  • Professionals Allied to Medicine
  • Professionals in other fields related to Down syndrome

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