Education Support for Branches
08 Apr 2021
A number of branches have been in contact over recent months requesting talks and in-person support for members, but due to ongoing restrictions, it will not be possible to offer any in-person support to branches for the foreseeable future.
Team Ireland Win Big
23 Sep 2019
Team Ireland returns jubilant and full of success following their fantastic results in Sardinia at the week-long European Down Syndrome Swimming Championships.
Cuts to Rehabilitative Training Allowance of €31.80 per week an ‘attack on the most vulnerable in society’
28 Aug 2019
Down Syndrome Ireland strongly opposes the decision to scrap the rehabilitative training (RT) allowance, worth €31.80 a week per student, for new entrants which was announced earlier this month by the Health Service Executive (HSE). We call for a full reinstatement of this allowance which is an essential financial support that contributes to increasing participation in lifelong learning for students with disabilities.
See and Learn – Training days
23 Aug 2019
Starting in the West of Ireland, our first ever See and Learn workshop took place in our Down Syndrome Ireland Cork Branch. The workshop was brimming with eager participants that where keen to learn the techniques and materials associated with the early years support programme.
Deirdre Howard interview on Newstalk 106 FM
20 Aug 2019
Down Syndrome Ireland Kildare Branch parent Deirdre Howard visits the Newstalk studios and talks to Clare McKenna from Newstalk FM about her experience with the See and Learn programme.
Personalised Budgets – an update from the HSE on the demonstration projects
13 Aug 2019
The HSE is looking for up to 180 adults with a disability to participate in the Personalised Budgets Demonstration Projects over the coming two years, DSI heard at a conference around the pilot scheme this week.
Thank you to our former President Mary Doherty
04 Jul 2019
As a mother, since her son Aaron was born 11 years ago with Down syndrome, Mary has fought hard every minute of the day to ensure that Aaron reaches his full potential. As a young mum with a newborn baby with disabilities she experienced first hand the lack of services and facilities from medical-card issues, provision of language therapists and special needs assistants to help children get the best start in life.
Cian Shovlin and classmates perform Lámh sign at their First Holy Communion Mass
24 May 2019
We'd like to feature our wonderful Donegal Down Syndrome member Cian Shovlin and his classmates from St Conal's Portnoo in Donegal performing "The World's Greatest" using Lámh Sign language at their first holy communion mass.