Support is needed to help people with Down syndrome return to work – Aoife Gaffney

EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR the adults with Down syndrome that we support, with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Face to face teaching came to an abrupt end and 96% of employees that were on our Ability Programme were placed on temporary lay-off.  

Down Syndrome Ireland’s (DSI) Ability Programme has been working to break down barriers and provide people with Down syndrome access to meaningful employment opportunities.

We do this through a mixture of bespoke adult education and direct links with employers around the country. Partnership initiatives aim to secure long-term employment for adults with Down syndrome across a broad range of sectors.

Our programme was going from strength to strength at the start of this year, with over 60 people in employment. We had a vast amount of plans, huge employment opportunities & partnerships in the pipeline.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 changed all of that. Not only were the majority of our students temporarily laid off, the pandemic also had a huge impact on fundraising which is affecting long-term planning for the future of our employment programme. 

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