Awareness and lobbying
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.
DSI calls on Government to take immediate action on Personalised Budgets following news that HSE to run ALL pilot projects
11 Jul 2019
Personalised budgets will give people with disabilities, including people with Down syndrome, access to their own HSE disability funding. As you may be aware, Down Syndrome Ireland has been activity campaigning for some time for supports for adults with Down syndrome to be person centred, and for personalised budgets to be made available to those people who want to manage their own supports.
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.
HB Fundays at Leinster House interview with RTÉ Radio 1 Drivetime
09 Jul 2019
Parents spoke with Drivetime reporter Della Kilroy about the importance of the Irish Government to take on the National role out of Down Syndrome Irelands See & Learn programme.
HB Hazelbrook Farm Ice Cream Fundays Party at Leinster House
04 Jul 2019
Senator John Dolan and several politicians were joined by children from Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and their parents at Leinster House, to enjoy some ice cream and raise much-needed funds in the process.
All Human, All Equal
25 Jun 2019
'Because we’re all human. Means we’re all equal.' is a national awareness campaign aimed to inform attitudes towards people with disabilities.
Care Can’t Wait Campaign
21 Jun 2019
The #CareCantWait campaign launched in early June by hospital consultants highlights the increasing waiting times for outpatient appointments in Ireland. Currently, more than 550,000 patients are waiting to see a consultant for an outpatient appointment and a further 70,000 who have been assessed by a consultant are awaiting follow-on treatment.
July Provision settlement a huge step forward – DSI to meet Minister for Education & Skills calling for clarity
20 Jun 2019
Down Syndrome Ireland wholeheartedly welcomes the news that two High Court actions over the Minister for Education's refusal to allow two young children with Down syndrome access the July Provision scheme have been settled.
Reduced School Days
06 Jun 2019
On 30th May, the Oireachtas Joint Education Committee met to hear from advocacy groups about the issue of reduced school days. Students with disabilities were represented by the Special Needs Parents Association and Inclusion Ireland, with Down Syndrome Ireland in attendance to support.