Employment Open Day at DSI
23 Oct 2019
Adults with Down syndrome travelled to our national office to attend an Open Day for employment with Head of Employment, Aoife Gaffney.
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.
Vicky Doherty’s Takeover of Virgin Media 2
27 Aug 2019
Hear all about Vicky Doherty’s takeover of Virgin Media 2 on this morning’s Virgin Media’s Ireland AM.
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.
Down Syndrome Ireland welcomes the new criteria for the exemption from studying Irish
14 Aug 2019
Down Syndrome Ireland welcomes the new criteria for the exemption from studying Irish, announced recently by the Department of Education & Skills. Under the new criteria, students who apply for an exemption from Irish on the grounds of disability will no longer have to provide evidence from a psychologist and a psychological assessment will no longer be necessary to process an application.
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.
Down Syndrome Ireland meets with Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath
10 Jul 2019
Down Syndrome Ireland met with the Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD last week to discuss areas that need to be addressed across the lifespan for people with Down syndrome.
Research on Experiences of Shorter School Days
28 Jun 2019
Technological University Dublin and Inclusion Ireland are doing a research project funded by the Irish Research Council. The project is about the experience of families with regard to the education of their children with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities such as autism.