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  • Creating Possibilities
    For Children With Down syndrome
  • Discovering
    Possibilities in Learning
  • Growing Dreams
    For Children With Disabilities
  • Growing Families
    Through Understanding
  • Changing
    Public Perceptions
  • Setting the Pace
    For Professional Education

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What We Do

Downside Up’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Russian children with Down syndrome. Downside Up’s long-range goals include:

  • To prevent social orphan-hood among children with Down syndrome.
  • To promote the development of the state early intervention system for children with Down syndrome in Russia.
  • To promote social adaptation and integration of children with Down syndrome into Russian society.

The centrepiece of Downside Up’s work is its Early Intervention Centre in Moscow, which provides support and advice for 3700 families from all over Russia raising children with Down syndrome.

The Centre’s highly professional staff of special education teachers, speech therapists, psychologists, specialists in motor and cognitive development, and medical consultants work with children and parents to ensure that all aspects of a child’s development needs are met.

Downside Up hosts and is involved with a number of annual fundraising events, namely our annual Charity Sports events.

We also host a number of other fun events for that not only boost public awareness, but also bring in much needed funds to support our integral programs.

Downside Up works heavily on training and consulting of professionals and senior officers involved in social and health care for children with special needs, and non-government organizations in Russia and CIS countries. Downside Up actively publishes and disseminates free of charge awareness-raising, scientific, and methodological literature about Down syndrome.

In Russia, where old prejudices and misconceptions about the nature of Down syndrome and potential of people with Down syndrome survive to this day, the families raising children with Down syndrome often encounter unfriendliness and lack of understanding. This is why another essential feature of Downside Up’s work is its awareness raising activities aimed at building a positive image of a person with Down syndrome in Russian society.