Become a member or sponsor of DSAN

Become a member or sponsor of DSAN

Become a member or sponsor of DSAN

Membership is free for all parents and caretakers of
a person with Down syndrome. Teachers, speech and
occupational therapists, physiotherapist, and other
medical professionals can also become members.
As a member of DSAN you will receive personal
mails about meetings, events, activities and other
important information. We will assist with organising
medical care, therapies and education for your child.
Membership forms are available on our website:
www.downsyndromenamibia.org.

We depend on sponsorships to do
our work. Please contact us if you
want to support DSAN. We welcome
volunteers.

The Down Syndrome Association of Namibia
aims to create openness and acceptance in
Namibia about Down syndrome.
We reach out to parents and caretakers, giving
practical support for people with DS.
DSAN, established on 25 October 2012, is registered as a nonprofit
company under Section 21 of the Companies Act of 2004,
reg. no. 21/2012/1014. DSAN is a member of Down Syndrome
International.
Bank account information
Down Syndrome Association of Namibia, FNB Private
Clients; Swift Code: FIRNNANX; IBAN: 282672;
Branch Code: 280-071; Account No: 62246895231

Contact details

Tel: +264-81-2422302
info@downsyndromenamibia.org
www.downsyndromenamibia.org
P.O. Box 24876, Windhoek
Twitter: @DSNamibia
Facebook: Down Syndrome Association of Namibia
Office: Môreson Special School, Kroon Street, Khomasdal.
Contact us to confirm office hours.

    Babies with DS will learn to sit and crawl much later
    than other children. Without help they will also
    learn to walk much later. They learn more slowly
    and find it difficult to speak unless they receive extra
    assistance.

    But people with Down syndrome like to
    learn new things and never stop learning!

    With the right support people
    with Down syndrome can live a
    healthy, active and happy life.

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    What is Down
    syndrome (DS)?

    DS is a common genetic disorder caused by an
    error in cell division. People with DS have an extra
    chromosome. It is not a sickness and cannot be
    cured. DS is not contagious.
    Babies are born with DS all over the world, whatever
    their colour, gender, race or economic status.
    50% of babies born with DS have a hole in their heart.
    People with DS have a weaker immune system and
    get sick more easily.

    But with the right help, people with
    Down syndrome can live a healthy life.

    Early interventions

    Educate Yourself

    Once you know your child has DS it is important
    that you educate yourself about DS. This will help
    you support your child to develop to the best
    of his or her ability. Accepting that your child is a
    little different and needs extra help is the first step
    towards creating a good life for your child. Speaking
    to other parents at DSAN about their experiences
    will help a lot!

    Your Child’s Health

    You will need to do some medical checks to
    determine the possible health challenges your child
    faces. If your child has a hole in the heart, which is
    very common for babies with DS, this hole (or holes)
    need to be repaired very early in life.
    You also need to make sure your child’s ears and
    eyes are working well. It is better to know early
    what issues your child faces so you are able to do
    something about them. Regular medical checks will
    likely need to continue throughout your child’s life.
    Physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational
    therapy are often recommended. You can get a
    medical check list from DSAN, and we can help you
    find the best medical care.

    Government Grant

    Your child can get a disability grant from the
    government. The grant will help cover some
    expenses. You can contact DSAN for more details
    about these grants.

    Education

    Your child has a right to education just like all other
    children in Namibia. Playing with other children will
    help your child with DS to develop. Your child can go
    to the kindergarten and to school. DSAN will help
    you look for a place in school for your child. Early
    vocational training will help young adults with DS to
    get ready for the working world.

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