Children with Down syndrome want to be accepted and included. But misconceptions about Down syndrome can act as barriers to their inclusion.

It is important that children and the people around them understand what Down syndrome is, and what it isn’t. The Down Syndrome Game helps children, and adults, learn about Down syndrome and to understand that children with Down syndrome are just like everyone else.

The game presents important information about Down syndrome in a way that is easy to understand and remember so that players can develop an accurate 'big picture'.

What is the Down Syndrome Game?

It is an online educational game that is fun with a serious objective. It is a simple online board game that is very easy to understand and to play.

Anyone can run a game and it only takes 15-45 minutes to play. The game works through a web browser so you don’t have to download anything, all you need is an internet connection.

It is played by up to 4 teams or individuals and it encourages the players to discuss and explore key aspects of Down syndrome. The game is competitive and collaborative, it encourages players to engage in active discussions about Down syndrome.

Teams take turns to answer questions about Down syndrome and then discuss the answers that the game presents. Points are awarded for correct answers. The game presents photographs of children and young adults who have Down syndrome.

If all the players are in the same room, we recommend that the game is presented on a big screen that everyone can see. If some or all of the players are in different locations the game can be played during video meetings by sharing the facilitator’s screen.

We recommend that any young people playing the game are supported by an adult to help them understand the information presented within the game.

The game is free to play. Just follow this link to start your first game:


The Down syndrome charity Wouldn’t Change a Thing has a range of resources on its website that could support use of the game including a School Resource Pack:

The Down Syndrome Game was created by:

  • Wouldn’t Change A Thing - Down syndrome charity: Creating a world where negative perceptions of Down syndrome are a thing of the past.
  • Focus Games Ltd - the leading experts in game-based learning in healthcare.

With thanks to I Am Me Scotland.

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