Awareness and lobbying
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.
Parents Homeschooling Children With Special Needs “Urgently Need Support”
22 Jan 2021
Down Syndrome Ireland member from Cork Dr. Liz Kyte who is a mother of two children with special needs, a six-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome and an 11-year-old son who is on the autism spectrum appeared on Today FM’s The Last Word with Matt Cooper last night.
Disability and Family Carer groups call on Government and unions to re-engage on special education
20 Jan 2021
Down Syndrome Ireland along with three other leading advocacy organisations representing children with special educational needs and their families, AsIAm, Inclusion Ireland and Family Carers Ireland, have today expressed deep disappointment on behalf of their members, and called on the Government and unions to re-engage to get special education back up and running as soon as possible.
Children with disabilities and their families ‘almost completely forgotten’ in schools’ row
19 Jan 2021
Disability and Family Carer groups have appealed for the interests of vulnerable children to be prioritised, and for the Government and education stakeholders to re-engage to find agreement on a suite of education support options that includes the re-opening of schools for children with special educational needs.