New Parents

Why is there a gap between research and practice in SLT for people with Down syndrome?

13 Jan 2022

People who have Down syndrome have complex speech, language and communication issues and need speech and language therapy (SLT) to support them to develop the skills they need.

Preschool & Primary School Series Webinars

15 Jan 2021

Our Cork branch has developed a set of webinars specifically for those supporting a child with Down syndrome in their early years setting.

Zooms Resume – Updates and Changes

12 Jan 2021

DSI’s Zooms will return next week featuring our Early Years Specialist, Olive Buckeridge.

Access and Inclusion Model, (AIM) programme for 2020/2021 is now open

10 Jun 2020

The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) provides a range of supports to enable children with a disability to meaningfully participate in the ECCE preschool programme.

10 July 2020 – Summer Provision Programme (July Provision) extended to include students with Down syndrome transitioning into primary school

21 May 2020

We are in ongoing contact with the Minister and Department of Education and Skills over the Summer Provision Programme (July Provision)

Transition to Post Primary School

04 May 2020

The move from primary to post-primary school can be difficult for any student.

Transitioning from early education to primary school

03 May 2020

Moving from early education to primary school is one of the most significant transitions a child will make. As children enter new educational settings, they leave behind familiar surroundings and relationships.

When and how should my child go back to school?

02 May 2020

Research on Covid 19 is ongoing, but at the moment, the consensus among Down syndrome groups internationally seems to be that people are no more likely to catch the virus because they have Down syndrome.

DSI co-signs a document on Ireland’s obligations under the UNCRPD

15 Apr 2020

Down Syndrome Ireland has co-signed a document on the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 period. The statement calls on the government to adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

DSI in ongoing communication with HSE

08 Apr 2020

As you may know from the communication last week regarding fever and testing, we are communicating with the HSE, and will try to ensure that they are taking into account the needs of people with Down syndrome and their families, so do let us know if there are particular issues you’d like us to raise.