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.
Ability Programme 2019
27 Sep 2019
We would like to wish our students well as they begin the new academic year on their DSI adult education course on the Ability Programme.
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.
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.
Down Syndrome Ireland Members at GAA Inclusion Day in Croke Park
18 Jul 2019
Down Syndrome Ireland has been asked to invite some of our young adults to take part in the Croke Park Inclusion Day on Sunday the 21st of July, it is a huge opportunity and a once in a lifetime experience to work at the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Finals between Mayo V Meath (2PM) and Kerry V Donegal (4PM).
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.