Awareness and lobbying
Don’t Talk Down to Me!
27 Jul 2021
60ft Mural Featuring Amanda Butler with Down syndrome is unveiled in Dublin City Centre
All children with Down syndrome eligible for Summer Provision 2021
11 May 2021
Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan TD today announced the provision of expanded summer education programmes for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage, including all children with Down syndrome.
DSI meets with Ministers O’Gorman and Rabbitte
23 Apr 2021
We would like to thank Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman and Minister of State Anne Rabbitte for a very positive and productive meeting this week to discuss issues facing children and adults with Down syndrome.
No consultation on changes to school re-opening plan that will negatively affect 20,000 children with additional needs
23 Feb 2021
Down Syndrome Ireland seeks urgent meeting to discuss AIM support for young children with Down syndrome
11 Feb 2021
DSI has sought an urgent meeting with Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman to discuss the very serious concerns parents have for their pre-schoolers with Down syndrome who have received little to no State services since the beginning of the pandemic. We are a year into the crisis and young children with Down syndrome have been virtually forgotten and we need this addressed.
Partial return to special education ‘a mixed day’ for families
11 Feb 2021
Seven leading advocacy organisations sees a partial return to special education for a limited number of students, as a mixed day for families.
Lost in the first announcement
09 Feb 2021
Mum and Sunday Independent journalist Sarah Caden outlines that the current reopening of the schools plan announced by the Government falls far short of where it should be.
Supporting Children Campaign
05 Feb 2021
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth (DCEDIY) has relaunched the Supporting Children campaign in light of intensified Covid-19 restrictions.
Lack of Understanding Shown by Minister for Health to Vaccinate Essential Carers
04 Feb 2021
We are appalled at the lack of understanding of the essential role of family carers shown by the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly when considering prioritisation for vaccines.
Disability groups ‘cautiously’ welcome partial reopening of special education
02 Feb 2021
Four leading advocacy organisations representing children with special educational needs and their families, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland, have cautiously welcomed this evening’s announcement that primary school children with special educational needs (SEN) are to return to school on a phased basis, but warned that the deal agreed today leaves behind thousands of students with SEN in mainstream primary school classes as well as secondary students with SEN.