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Last October, Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street ran a hugely successful Whiskey Live event in Dublin Castle.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:43

DSDublin need a teacher for Latch On

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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.

If you would like any more information please contact Terry Long (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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.

The Cabinet have decided not to request labour and fine gael TDs to vote down Finian McGrath's bill. Allowing it  to proceed to the commitee stage. This is in large part down to the huge amount of lobbying that parents have undertaken.

Sunday, 02 February 2014 11:44


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Finian McGrath is introducing a bill on Friday 7th February to the Dail which if passed would give legal right for all children with Down Syndrome to resource hours. We strongly urge you to print out this letter and send it to all your local TDs  by email or Fax

Download Letter to TDs

A copy of the Bill is reproduced here

The Explanatory Memorandum is reproduced here

reproduced from irish examiner

Up to half of the country’s children with Down’s syndrome have lost their discretionary medical cards, and the group has been "disproportionately" hit by a recent clampdown, a leading advocacy group said.

Finian McGrath in a letter to the Times today, launches his Down Syndrome Equal Access Bill. Read the full text of the letter here

Tuesday - 20th July - Ruairi Quinn has refused to reclassify Down Syndrome as a low incidence disability for the allocation of resource hours, and referred back to the NCSE report.  So basically, we'll have to wait until the working group has finished its deliberations and a plan is put in place and executed. Can our children afford to wait that long - no sorry Minister!, we're moving to plan B.

reproduced from special needs parents

The Special Needs Parents Association is calling all parents to attend a demonstration next Wednesday 26th June at 6pm, outside Leinster House, Kildare Street.

Yet again it is time to Fight Back!

The Spin

Thursday, 20 June 2013 08:57

Down Syndrome Ireland reaction to cuts

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Education Officer for Down Syndrome Ireland, Patricia Griffin, has strongly condemned today’s NCSE cuts, describing them as “utterly unacceptable”.

We are really pleased to announce that a collaboration between the Dublin, Donegal branches, and the Down Syndrome Education Equality Advocates has resulted in the Chair person of the Dáil Education Subcommitee agreeing to a presentation by Prof Sue Buckley of Downs Ed International on the 11th September. Sue is one of the  World's leading authorities on the subject of educating people with Down Syndrome.

Monday, 10 June 2013 16:30

Important Starting School Survey 2013&14

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Starting School 2013 & 2014

Patricia Griffin, education Officer with Down Syndrome Ireland, is looking for the numbers of children with Down Syndrome starting primary school in September 2013  and September 2014. This information will help in the campaign to get Down syndrome re-classified as a Low Incidence disorder and get more resources allocated to our children.

Please help us provide these numbers by filling out these short surveys

Monday, 10 June 2013 10:42


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The AGM was at the weekend 8th June in Waterford.Thanks to the Waterford branch for their great hospitality. 22 delegates came from the Dublin Branch thank you to each and every one of you. Mary Doherty (Louth/Meath) was voted in as president, Fran Kane from Dubin as national secretary, and Des Mulhall from Laois as national treasurer. National council appointments (Cork - Liam Ahern, Donegal - Gina Grant, Dublin Sylvaine Ni Cheallachain, and Bernie Dixon, Risteard Pierce - Kerry, Kildare Gerry Doran, Louth/Meath - Jackie Gaines, and Terry Quinlan from Waterford.

Claire Leonard stepped down as president after years of  esteemed service to DSI.

We'll post more on motions when the minutes are published.

The department's actions had "adversely affected" the capacity of children with the condition to engage to the fullest possible extent in mainstream primary schooling, according to a new report.

Ombudsman Emily Logan said there was "a potential for loss of opportunity given the lack of adequate consideration given to the cluster of needs for such children".

The ombudsman's criticism is in response to a complaint made by the mothers of two children with Down Syndrome attending mainstream primary schools.

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