DSI to present in Leinster House on education resources for children with Down syndrome

Representatives from Down Syndrome Ireland will be attending Leinster House on January 30th to make a presentation to TDs and Senators in relation to both:
 
  • July Provision for children with Down syndrome
    July Provision is the extended school year which is not available to the vast majority of children with Down syndrome, leaving them at a huge educational disadvantage.
 
  • The current issues relating to Individual Education Plans (IEPs) at post primary schools
    Teachers’ Unions the ASTI and TUI have both recently advised their members to stop providing these critical planning processes for children with additional educational needs due to resource issues. IEPs are vital to ensure a positive learning environment for students with Down syndrome.
 
Thank you to all the parents who contacted us with your views – we will share these with all the TDs and Senators who are attending the briefing. If you would like your views included, please email us at info@downsyndrome.ie.

We also ask that you please sign this online petition calling for July Provision to be provided to children with Down syndrome. 

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL TDS AND SENATORS ASKING THEM TO ATTEND

Together we can make the change!

Please help us ensure your voice is heard and ask your local elected representative to attend the briefing and hear why we are calling for adequate education resources for your child.
 
Download our TDs & Senator Letter or our TDs and Senators Email Text you can issue to your local TD and Senator to attend.

You can find the 
FULL LIST of TDs and Senators here: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/members/.
 
Or you can view our list of Ministers, TDs & Senators linked to education below!

 

List of Ministers, TDs and Senators linked to education:

 

Spokespeople:

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Thomas Byrne TD – thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education & Skills, Kathleen Funchion TD – kathleen.funchion@oireachtas.ie

Green Party Spokesperson on Education, Catherine Martin TD – catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie

Fine Gael Spokesperson on Education, Tony McLoughlin – tony.mcloughlin@oireachtas.ie

Fine Gael Spokesperson on Education, Hildegrade Naughton – hildegarde.naughton@oireachtas.ie

Fianna Fáil Chair on Education, Fiona O’Loughlin – fiona.oloughlin@oireachtas.ie

Labour Party Spokesperson on Education, Jan O’Sullivan – jan.osullivan@oireachtas.ie

Solidarity/People Before Profit, Bríd Smith TD  – brid.smith@oireachtas.ie

Social Democrats Catherine Murphy TD for Kildare North – catherine.murphy@oireachtas.ie

Social Democrats Róisín Shortall TD for Dublin North-West – roisin.shortall@oireachtas.ie