Awareness and lobbying
Its My Life! – Decision Making, Young People & Article 12 CRPD
14 Nov 2019
Young people with disabilities from 15 – 20 years of age are invited to take part in a research project about decision making.
Minister launches consultation on mid-term review of National Disability Inclusion Strategy
13 Nov 2019
The Government is seeking the views of disability organisations and of people with disabilities and their families as part of an update of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy (NDIS) 2017 – 2021.
Down syndrome and arthritis
08 Nov 2019
Our four year research project found that children with Down syndrome are 18-21 times more likely to suffer from juvenile arthritis than children without Down syndrome.
CCSP Scheme update
11 Oct 2019
It has been announced that the Government will be extending the CCSP scheme until August 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Important Supreme Court ruling on the rights of people with disabilities to reasonable workplace accommodation
12 Aug 2019
Down Syndrome Ireland welcomes the Supreme Court Ruling in the case of Daly v. Nano Nagle on the rights of people with disabilities to reasonable workplace accommodation. This landmark case references the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) regarding the prohibition of discrimination, the dignity and the right to work of people with disabilities. This judgement is significant as it moves away from viewing disability as a medical issue and towards respecting the inherent dignity of all as laid out in the UNCRPD.