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:
We depend on sponsorships to do
our work. Please contact us if you
want to support DSAN. We welcome
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
Bank account information
Down Syndrome Association of Namibia, FNB Private
Clients; Swift Code: FIRNNANX; IBAN: 282672;
Branch Code: 280-071; Account No: 62246895231
P.O. Box 24876, Windhoek
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
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.
What is Down
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.
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.
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.
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.