Early years news
Pilot Parent Link Training Workshop
25 Sep 2019
The pilot Parent Link training workshop took place over two days (7th and 21st of September) in the Field of Dreams, Cork. Olive Buckeridge - Early Years Specialist and Eileen English – Parent Link Facilitator were warmly welcomed by Down Syndrome Ireland President, Liam Ahern and Jason Pierce - Early Intervention Coordinator at our Cork Branch.
DSI meets with Department of Children and Youth Affairs to highlight parents’ concerns
13 Sep 2019
Applications for Overage Exemptions are being accepted only for this preschool year (2019/2020), officials from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs have confirmed. They told us that children who have already had two full years of ECCE will not be considered, unless they have missed a considerable number of sessions over their two years due to illness and/or medical appointments.
Down syndrome does not define our children
06 Sep 2019
Four mothers explain the vital importance of support groups for families when faced with a shock diagnosis.
Parent-Link training taking place in Cork, with more dates to be announced soon
29 Aug 2019
As many of you know, often the best source of support for new parents of babies with Down syndrome is to speak to another parent who has a child with Down syndrome; someone who is familiar with the feelings that they may be experiencing. Parent-Link is a Down Syndrome Ireland support service provided by parent volunteers throughout our branch network who provide new parents with time, understanding, confidentiality and a listening ear.
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.
Parents appear in the Irish Times highlighting need for July Provision
09 Aug 2019
“Cian has masses of potential and he deserves the same chances as everyone else.” Parents and DSI members from Roscommon Liz and Tommy Mulry appeared in the Irish Times recently talking about their son Cian and the need for the July Provision scheme to be extended to all children with Down syndrome. Thank you Liz and Tommy for sharing your story. Liz also appeared on Newstalk. You can listen to the Liz’s incredibly powerful interview by Liz here:
DSI calls for IEPs to become a legal right and access to revised July Provision scheme
12 Jul 2019
We met with the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Department officials to discuss the education needs for children with Down syndrome, including access to July Provision and for Individual Education Plans to be enshrined in law.