Who We Are


Down syndrome Foundation Nigeria (DSFN) is a non-governmental, non-political, not-for- profit association of children with Down syndrome. The Foundation also makes provision for parents, guardians, care – givers and other interested stakeholders. Most people with Down syndrome are neglected, relegated, or abandoned by their parents and society because of the culture and myths that tend to stigmatize them and their family. They are equally abused physically and sexually with impunity. In extreme cases even their rights to life itself is denied them.

It is under this harrowing and ugly backdrop that Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria (formerly Down Syndrome Association) evolved on the 4th of December 2001, with the avowed commitment to bridge the gap between children and adults with Down syndrome (DS) with the rest of the society, through a support system that seeks ultimately to integrate them into the mainstream of the society which they belong. This commitment is rooted in the firm belief that if given the necessary encouragement and enabling environment to grow like others, people with DS can, and do actualize their potentials and live fulfilled lives.

Our Mission

“Bridging the gap between people with Down Syndrome and the rest of the society through a support system that seeks to integrate them fully into the community in which they live”

Our Vision

  1. To provide information and support for people with Down syndrome, their families and care- givers, as well as being a resource for interested professionals.
  2. To strive to bridge the gap between people with Down syndrome and the rest of the society.
  3. To improve knowledge of Down syndrome.
  4. To champion the rights of people with Down syndrome.

Our Core Values

Accept, Educate, Inspire.