• 2019:
  • All our Volunteers!,
  • Northern Trust Staff especially Sinead Loftus Jeans Day Collection €1213,
  • Patrickswell Community Playgroup Odd Socks Day €200 Thank you Grace & Friends,
  • Rusal Aughinish Alumnia Ltd.,
  • Kate Young & Cora Byrnes,
  • Milford NS,
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace NS,
  • Le Cheile NS,
  • Castletroy College Students Pizza Day €293.60,

Weekly News Digest - Down Syndrome Ireland

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December 14th, 2018
Dear Member,
We hope you enjoy this DSI Digest - a short, regular round-up of weekly news from the DSI Team.

As always, we welcome your feedback.
Reduced School Days
On 30th May, the Oireachtas Joint Education Committee met to hear from advocacy groups about the issue of reduced school days. Students with disabilities were represented by the Special Needs Parents Association and Inclusion Ireland, with Down Syndrome Ireland in attendance to support. 

Read more of this article here...
AGM & Conference 2019

This year's Conference and AGM is being hosted by our Louth Meath branch and will take place in the beautiful historic town of Trim County Meath on Saturday, June 29th in the wonderful setting of the Trim Castle Hotel.  There are a number of amazing workshops and programmes happening during the conference for parents and members of all ages to enjoy.

Learn all about Touch-type, Read & Spell (TTRS), which is an award-winning, multi-sensory course that teaches touch-typing, reading and spelling for people with Down syndrome and other learning differences. 

We also have a workshop on Advocacy in Action being hosted by well-known disability advocate Leigh Gath. Leigh has been appointed as a HSE ‘Confidential Recipient’. Independent of the HSE, the ‘Confidential Recipient’ is a person whom anyone can make a complaint or raise concerns about the care and treatment of any vulnerable person receiving residential care in a HSE or HSE funded facility.
All this and much, much more…

Let's all learn from each other!

Representatives from our Louth / Meath, Cork, Kerry, Galway, Donegal and Mayo branches will share their experiences on their some of their signature programmes.

  • Field of Dreams - Cork
  • Ability Programme - Louth/Meath
  • Coffee and Retail - Kerry
  • Voices for Galway (speech and language)
  • ETB Donegal
  • Regional Centre, Swinford – Mayo

Créche Facilities

For parents with children aged 0 to 6, Gulliver’s Childcare has very kindly offered to open on Saturday to allow parent’s with young children time to enjoy the full Conference and AGM experience, free of charge.  

Programme for teenagers and adults

For children and teenagers aged 6 to 16, there are a number of free, fun and unforgettable activates on offer from Speech and Drama to exciting and vibrant Jabba Jabba Jembe drumming. It really is a day your child will not forget!

Superstar DJ!
To end the event on a high, Superstar DJ and DSI member Andrew Walker will be spinning this year’s hottest tunes to get the party started. The Summer Hits Disco Party kicks off at 8.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome to get down and grove! 

You can find all the details on our website here

All workshops are free of charge but they must be booked in advance, we encourage you to book a place now to avoid disappointment!

VHI Women's Mini Marathon

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to the amazing women that took part to support Down Syndrome Ireland at the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon. We were so delighted to have such a positive, powerful bunch of women running at this year's event sporting the DSI colours.

You may notice one of our members Mark Claffey, Mark is a Special Olympics Ireland Golf gold medalist, he popped by to wish our ladies good luck on the day with a motivational pep talk, thanks for popping by Mark.

Again, we'd like to thank all the fantastic runners and walkers for representing, support and fundraising for Down Syndrome Ireland.

Thank you ? Team DSI

An Post Shadow Day – Peter Nolan
We’d like to congratulate our Kildare branch member Peter Nolan – here he is receiving a certificate of completion from Manager Gerry Donnelly for his Job Shadow Day at An Post Naas.

Continue reading more about Peter's An Post shadow day here...
Camino 4 DSI - Final Call

Would you like to follow in Nuala's footsteps?

It’s not too late as places are still available to join our Camino 4 DSI group in September. We have full details on the adventure available as an information sheet
which you can download, eager to get on board with the trek you can sign up here!

Questions are always welcomed, so please do not hesitate to get in contact with Mark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ';document.getElementById('cloak00901213437c0dada526bc06d6884bf1').innerHTML += ''+addy_text00901213437c0dada526bc06d6884bf1+'<\/a>';

Latch-On Students Excursion Day
Here are the wonderful Limerick Year One Latch-On students enjoying their end of year excursion to Bunratty Folk Park with teacher Catherine Fitzgerald.

Finish reading about the students here...
iNUA Charity Partner

The iNUA COLLECTION HOTEL GROUP have chosen Down Syndrome Ireland as their charity partner for 2019/20, money raised from our partnership is to provide support for our young adults who are employed through our Education and Employment programme.  

As part of our partnership, each of the eight iNUA Hotels will host four collection boxes on site, with each hotel running two fundraising events a year which is incredibility generous. The hotel group have also suggested conducting an employment training programme for our young adult members, with a plan to add them to their recruitment phases. 

The project that iNUA wish to support is our Ability programme, by supporting us they seek to help us run more programmes nationwide along with assisting students with travel, support and tutors

iNUA has been a pleasure to work with and we are all looking forward to a very warm relationship.


ICEP – Online Training Course
Developed in collaboration with Down Syndrome Ireland, this course is designed to equip schools and educators to provide the highest quality of education to students with Down syndrome. Being aware of the unique strengths and needs of pupils with Down syndrome enables teachers to devise appropriate instructional programmes and supports which promote engagement, progress and success in learning.

The ICEP has offered a 10% discount to Digest readers, to read more about the course content and to avail of the discount please go here...
Lourdes to Knock 2,000Km Cycle Challenge

A group of like-minded adventure cyclists Garry Bigley (Kiltimagh), Jonathon Verry (Crossmolina), Maurice Dore (Mullingar) and Alan Heaney (Killasser) are embarking on a huge challenge on Tuesday the 18th of June - Cycling 2,000km from Lourdes through France, England, Wales and Ireland all the way to Knock in Co. Mayo within 5 days.

They are using the opportunity to raise some much-needed funds for Down Syndrome Ireland West house redevelopment project in Swinford, Co. Mayo.

If you'd like to find out more about their journey and show your support for the team, please visit there go-fund me here...


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