Families struggle to access early disability services


Tilly Higgins, from Caltra in Galway, is two-years-old. She has never received any physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, or occupational therapy from the HSE early intervention team.

Her Mum Aisling says that she connected Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI), who put her in touch with their early years specialist. “Only for her, I would have crawled into a corner at times, it’s so lonely and isolating when the supports aren’t there.

In the Irish Times over the weekend, our CEO Barry Sheridan, outlined that we are hearing from hundreds of parents whose children are receiving “little or no” early intervention therapies.

We continue to lobby the Government to provide more resources so babies and children with Down syndrome can access the vital Early Intervention Services they need with the HSE.