Save the date, 2022 DSI AGM set for Saturday, 26th of November

20 Oct 2022

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.

New DSI Regional Centre will provide services for the west of Ireland

16 Aug 2019

Down Syndrome Ireland is developing a new regional centre in Swinford Co. Mayo to provide vital services to children and adults with Down syndrome in the west of Ireland. We are redeveloping a home donated to Down Syndrome Ireland by Máirt Cambell (R.I.P.), who wished to provide a focal point and space for people with Down syndrome in the area.

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.  

Liam Ahern – New President of Down Syndrome Ireland

02 Jul 2019

Down Syndrome Ireland welcomes new President Liam Ahern form our Cork Branch.