10th W0RLD DOWN SYNDROME CONGRESS
Dublin City University
19th – 22nd August 2009
10th World Down Syndrome Congress Welcome Message
As President of Down Syndrome International I wish to extend a warm welcome to you to attend the 10th World
Down Syndrome Congress in Dublin, Ireland from August 19th to 22nd, 2009. We usually welcome over 1500
people from all over the world to our World Congresses and we anticipate that this Congress will be no exception.
The theme for the Congress is "Lifelong Living and Learning". Down Syndrome Ireland is planning a dynamic and
exciting programme covering all aspects of health and welfare, education, and research. The programme will cater
for all parents and professionals and include a parallel participative programme for siblings, children and adults
Penny Robertson, OAM with Down syndrome.
Down Syndrome The Scientific Committee and the local organising committee of the WDSC2009 have gone to great lengths to
International. ensure that an exciting programme is in store. We trust that you will book early as interest has already been at a
high level and Ireland is a wonderful place to visit, and the congress provides a great opportunity to meet new and
old friends and update yourself on the latest initiatives in the world of Down syndrome.
We hope to see you there.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We in Ireland are delighted to be given the opportunity to organise and host the 10th World Down Syndrome
Congress in August 2009 in Dublin, Ireland in Dublin City University. This is an exciting challenge which we are
rising to as we plan all the educational and social events that make up a World Congress.
We are devising a varied and innovative programme that will cater for all interests. We are particularly pleased to
Mary O’Reilly add two new features to this Congress. The 1st International Synod of People with Down syndrome will be held in
the historic setting of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The exhibition to showcase the talents and achievements of
Down Syndrome Ireland
people with Down syndrome is expected to be a particular highlight of the Congress.
We look forward to meeting you in Dublin in August 2009 where you will be greeted with the famous Irish welcome
– Céad Míle Fáilte.
Chairperson, Organising Committee
10th World Down Syndrome Congress
19th August 2009
1st International Synod of people with Down Syndrome
The inaugural International Synod of people with Down syndrome will take place on Wednesday 19th August - the
day before the main Congress begins. This prestigious and high profile event will be held in the historic and tranquil
setting of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The Synod will give adults and young people with Down syndrome an
opportunity to meet their peers from across the globe and to discuss issues that affect their daily lives including
employment and living in the community. The format will be in a parliamentary style and the Synod will be afforded
appropriate recognition by political representatives in Ireland.
DSMIG – Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - Meeting
The DSMIG Meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th August the day before the main Congress commences.
This is an International group of healthcare professionals whose aim is to share and disseminate information relating
to the medical aspects of Down syndrome and support best practice healthcare management worldwide.
Research Directions Meeting
This is an international group whose aim is to identify and prioritise the research directions that promise to deliver
practical benefits for the development and quality of life of people with Down syndrome and their families in the
near to medium term (5-10 years) and identify current best practice in development, education and healthcare.
It is multidisciplinary and comprehensive, including genetics, development, cognition, education, behaviour and
medicine and is open to researchers, practitioners and families.
There will be an opportunity during the course of the Congress for these two groups to meet and discuss future
research directions and possible collaborations.
Main Congress: 20th to 22nd August 2009
The theme of the 10th World Down Syndrome Congress is “Life Long Living and Learning”
Structure: The main plenary sessions will be held in the mornings and will include the following themes
• Life Possibilities with Down syndrome
• Family Perspectives – parents, siblings & extended family
• Health Care Management and Genetic Developments
• Maximising individual potential with Early Intervention
• Education & Inclusion
• Hearing, Speech & Vision
• Psychosocial development - Pleasure of Play, Drama & Friendship
• Independent Living & Employment
• Mental Wellness throughout life
Break-out sessions will take place in the afternoons where these themes and other important topics will be discussed
in greater detail. These sessions will be in various formats including formal/informal lectures and workshops. There will
also be opportunities to ‘Meet the Expert’ and in addition there will be poster presentations relating to current
We expect to have presenters of the highest calibre in attendance discussing all areas relating to lifelong living with Down
syndrome for the person and the family.
Achievements of people with Down syndrome
During the Congress we plan to showcase the talents and achievements of people with Down syndrome. We invite
Submissions from people with Down syndrome in the area of the arts, physical endeavour, education or in any other
area that is deemed appropriate. A written submission should be sent to the Congress Secretariat along with any
support materials. No costs will be covered by the Congress, but invitation letters will be sent to assist people in
Commemoration - 50th Anniversary
We will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of Trisomy 21 chromosomal anomaly by Professor
Lejeune. There will be discussions as to the implication of this discovery and what progress has been made in the
last 50 years of genetic research.
Children, Adolescents & Adults
There will be a full programme of age appropriate workshops and leisure activities for Children, Adolescents and
Adults with Down syndrome which will run concurrently with Congress. In addition, it is planned to have a health
check programme for children and adults with Down syndrome during the Congress
Other Events at the Congress include a Welcome Reception, Cultural Evening,
Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony.
The venue for the 10th World Down Syndrome Congress will be Dublin City University (DCU) Campus, Dublin, Ireland.
The Helix Theatre complex on the DCU Campus, will be the main venue for the Congress.
DCU is situated close to Dublin City Centre / Dublin Airport and is easily accessible by public transport.
Several of the recommended hotels will be running shuttle buses to DCU.
The Helix, Dublin - Venue for the 10th World Down Syndrome Congress
Call for Abstracts
The Scientific Committee invite the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the Congress.
Submissions can include empirical studies, literature reviews and reports on innovative programmes or services.
Abstracts must be submitted online at www.wdsc2009.com and must be received by 12th December 2008.
An individual may submit more than one abstract. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. Presenters must be
registered participants at the Congress.
Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Congress and published in the Congress proceedings.
Further information on submitting an abstract is available on the Congress website.
Registration will commence in September 2008, please visit www.wdsc2009.com for more details.
The Congress organisers have negotiated special accommodation rates for Congress participants with a range of
accommodation providers near to the Congress venue. These will be offered to participants as part of their registration
through the Congress Secretariat. This will include a variety of accommodation options on the campus of DCU itself,
as well as nearby hotels.
The official language of the Congress is English
Dublin is a beautiful Georgian City with interesting cultural and entertainment venues to visit and enjoy.
The rest of Ireland is easily accessible from Dublin and has sites and attractions to suit all interests
and age groups.
For more information on the Congress location and visiting Ireland please see the Congress website.
Down Syndrome Ireland
Citylink Business Park,
Old Naas Road, Dublin 12.
Phone: 00353 (0)1 426 6500
Fax: 00353 (0)1 426 6501