Keratoconus (KC, KCN, KTCN) is a disorder of the eye which results in progressive thinning of the cornea. It affects 1 in 10 people with Down Syndrome. This may result in blurry vision, double vision, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and light sensitivity. Usually both eyes are affected. In more severe cases a scarring or a circle may be seen within the cornea.
practitioners are being seduced by technology and in many optometric practices, the retinoscope is being replaced by ‘autorefractors’, machines that automatically measure a patient’s spectacle prescription at the touch of a button and without the practitioner viewing the patient’s eyes directly.
Auto-refractors are usually used by non-professional staff and the results handed on to the optometrist. Early keratoconus can pass unnoticed, or difficulty in obtaining a result with an auto-refractor put down to the patient’s learning disability. (Auto-refractors are also unsuitable for assessing the spectacle prescription of people with Down’s syndrome, so practices that solely rely on them should be avoided at all costs). Optometrists that rely on auto-refractors are losing skills that are vital to good health care for people with Down’s syndrome.
Dublin airport provide wristbands or lanyards for those travelling through the airport, The "Important Flyer" card can be shown to any Dublin Airport staff member if assistance is required at security or passport control or any area where you encournter queues or crowds.
For more information goto https://www.dublinairport.com/at-the-airport/passenger-information/special-assistance/autism-asd
There are a few resources available to families travelling with children and adults with special needs. US website www.specialglobe.com is trying to address that. The website is relatively new and is an online forum where parents/carers can exchange tips and suggestions on how best to manage all aspects of a holiday for families with a member who has special needs. The forum currently only deals with US destinations, but is looking to expand it's reach across the globe.
DUBLIN BRANCH HOLIDAY/RESPITE HOME
VIEWPOINT,Quay Road, Rush, Co. Dublin
Rush house is again available for Holiday Breaks for the Months from June to end of August
It is located on half an acre with a view of the sea & Lambay Island; and in close proximity to Rush harbour and two beaches.
(this is an article from the USA)
Down Syndrome Dublin need a qualified teacher for the Latch On programme, it would suit a retired teacher.Its for 10 hours per week on a Monday and Friday at the Mater Dei Institute in Clonliffe Road. The teacher will be assisted by two tutors and will be teaching 12 students with Down Syndrome the adult literacy programme (Latch On) Full training on the Latch On programme will be provided.
Reproduced from bloomberg.com
Aiming deep inside the brain, drugmakers are testing medicines that may improve learning in people with Down syndrome, an advance unimaginable 50 years ago when many children with the genetic condition were considered hopelessly disabled.
About 6,000 U.S. babies are born with Down syndrome each year. Most attend school, aided by programs designed to help them deal with their disabilities. Now Roche Holding AG (ROG) and Balance Therapeutics Inc., taking advantage of a research renaissance in brain science, are testing drugs in human trials that may pave the way toward a new era. The goal: Improve the ability of these children to remember and learn.