Awareness and lobbying
10 July 2020 – Summer Provision Programme (July Provision) extended to include students with Down syndrome transitioning into primary school
21 May 2020
We are in ongoing contact with the Minister and Department of Education and Skills over the Summer Provision Programme (July Provision)
DSI welcomes revised Covid-19 critical care guidance
01 May 2020
Down Syndrome Ireland along with other advocacy groups recently raised concerns that the critical care guidance released by the Department of Health was unclear and could result in patients with disabilities not getting equal access to the care they need. In response to these concerns the Department has released a supplementary information paper on the issue.
Thank you Mr Dolan
16 Apr 2020
We were shocked and saddened that our friend and passionate disability rights campaigner John Dolan lost his seat at recent 2020 Seanad election – we have lost an important independent voice on disability issues in the political arena.
Down Syndrome Ireland outlines concerns on Department of Health COVID-19 guidance
15 Apr 2020
The Department of Health has recently published new guidance on the ‘Ethical Considerations Relating to Critical Care in the context of COVID-19’. Down Syndrome Ireland, along with other groups, immediately looked for clarification and reassurance that people with disabilities will have equal access to critical care should they need it.
DSI co-signs a document on Ireland’s obligations under the UNCRPD
15 Apr 2020
Down Syndrome Ireland has co-signed a document on the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 period. The statement calls on the government to adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Update from HSE regarding new Covid 19 testing requirements
26 Mar 2020
We are aware of families’ concerns about the current testing guidelines for Covid 19 and how they may impact on people with Down syndrome.
06 Mar 2020
We have developed an easy-read guide to help adults with Down syndrome understand the Coronavirus.
Listen to Amy and Fintan on The Last Word
03 Mar 2020
We are delighted to share this wonderful interview from Today FM's The Last Word with Matt Cooper - featuring two of our fantastic branch members.