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This page features job opportunities within Down Syndrome Ireland and for adults with Down syndrome.


We currently have no positions available for adults with Down syndrome, please see the job outline below for more details:



Down Syndrome Ireland Job Postings


Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is the national charity for people with Down syndrome and their families in Ireland, supporting over 3,500 members across 25 branches nationwide. We are working to achieve an optimal quality of life for people with Down syndrome, as equally valued, independent citizens.  


Employment Assistant for our Adult Education and Training Programme at Down Syndrome Cork 

Down Syndrome Cork are looking for a caring, passionate and enthusiastic person for our Shop Team. 

Job Description

Supporting the Shop Manager in delivering a comprehensive training programme for our adult members with Down Syndrome in the Cork Shop.

Supporting employees in the acquisition of basic retail skills.

To devise an individual training programme for employees.

Linking in with the Employment Support Specialist to assist the employees

Job Details

Location: Down Syndrome Cork Shop in Merchants Quay and may be required to work in our Field of Dreams project in Curraheen T12XH4C

Start Date: Late January 2023

Contract: One year 

Pay: €16.00 per hour

15 hours per week from 10am to 1pm

Training will be provided

Skills & Attributes

Experience (professional or personal) supporting people with Down Syndrome or other intellectual disabilities would be an advantage.

Good computer skills

Ability to work as part of a team under the guidance of the shop manager.

Ability to work one to one with a student

Ability to adhere to DS Cork guidelines and policies on health and safety, safeguarding and such ever policies put in place by Down Syndrome Cork.

Ability to communicate well with all stakeholders, employees, parents and staff members.


Garda Vetting


To apply: Email your CV and cover letter to 

Closing Date: 16th December 2022


Speech & Language Therapist Senior (Full-Time)

The Supervisory Senior Speech & Language Therapist will be the lead member of a small Speech and Language Therapy team providing services to children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome in the Galway area.  The post holder will be responsible for the provision of speech and language therapy services, assessment and intervention to their own independent caseload, clinical and operational performance supervision of other colleagues, and management of service delivery. They will report to Voices for Down Syndrome Galway, Speech and Language Therapy project, of Down Syndrome Ireland, Galway Branch.

Client and family centred models are utilized in the delivery of services with the aim of maximising the client’s communication interaction skills within their daily life and community. This is a parent lead organisation, with links to National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). There is a strong working relationship with public and private dual service providers.



A professional qualification in Speech & Language Therapy, as recognised by CORU.

CORU registration.

A minimum of three years’ experience working as a Speech & Language Therapist.

Relevant experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist with people with Down syndrome. Experience working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder would also be desirable.

Dysphagia Qualification.

Experience supervising staff grade Speech & Language Therapists and/or Speech & Language Therapists in Training.

Relevant experience providing speech and language therapy services in a person and family centred manner.

Own transport and full, clean driving licence.



Knowledge and experience with:



Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words

DIR Floortime

Knowledge and experience with AAC

Supporting both mainstream and special schools


Duties and Responsibilities of the Role:

Assessment and intervention for people with Down syndrome.

Planning and organising (including the scheduling of) individual and group therapy for a caseload of people with Down syndrome.

Being innovative in the use of resources to maintain and enhance service delivery standards.

Monitoring, recording and reporting individual and service delivery performance to the reporting committee.

Responsibility for the line management and clinical supervision of the staff grade therapist, therapists in training and volunteers, as required.

Working collaboratively and in partnership with families, schools and other service providers.

Maintaining standards of service delivery in line with policy, CORU guidelines and relevant legislation.


This is a Full-Time, Permanent Position (37.5 hrs per week). The salary is negotiable and continued professional development is provided, as well as clinical supervision.

Applications must be made by application form, please contact to request a copy of the application form. CVs alone will not be accepted. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st December 2022.