Even, during the height of the boom, adults with Down syndrome struggled to avail of employment opportunities. People with Down syndrome want to work and represent a substantial source of untapped commitment and talent. People with Down syndrome are one of the most under-represented groups in the Irish labour market. There is a misconception among Irish employers that people with Down syndrome cannot cope with employment or are only able to undertake routine, methodical jobs.
Down Syndrome Ireland urges employers not to make assumptions about what a person with Down syndrome can do. We ask employers to consider the skills, abilities and aspirations of each individual. Employers who do employ people with Down syndrome have reported that those employees are committed and motivated and often just need the chance to demonstrate their capabilities.