COVID-19 Closure

We have made the decision to suspend all DSL activities for the foreseeable future.
  • 2020:
  • To all who donated
  • Thanks to the UL Students & people of Limerick who volunteered with our Dunnes Stores bag pack day in November for Down syndrome Ireland. To Dunnes Stores in the Jetland SC & on Childers Road for allowing us fundraise.
  • To the Crescent Shopping Centre & the Jetland Shopping Centre for facilitating our Carol Singing in December & again thank you to the people of Limerick for supporting us.
  • Special thanks to the choir from Scoil Mhathair De Abbeyfeale & Jackie & Eddie Carey who joined in with our Carol Singing
  • To all those who sold and bought our Fab 2020 DSL Calendar & Christmas cards – Thank You (Delish Café Castletroy, Castletroy Park Hotel, Talking Leaves Bookshop Castletroy, Radisson Hotel Limerick, Urban Co-Op Limerick, our own members and supporters).
  • To Dublin Coach for their donation of €500.
  • To NanoDiamond Products DAC in Shannon who raised €700 doing “Operation BiRow”.

Weekly News Digest - Down Syndrome Ireland

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

As always, we welcome your feedback. 

Personalised Budgets for People with a Disability

The HSE is looking for up to 180 adults with a disability to participate in the Personalised Budgets Demonstration project over a two year period. They are looking for participants who access day services, residential services, respite services, Rehabilitative Training, personal assistance, they are also looking to have a good geographic spread across the country.

We have received the Personalised Budgets Demonstration flyer which covers all of the details regarding the project and the Personalised Budgets Pilot Expression of Interest Form, along with an Easy to Read Personalised Budgets Pilot Expression of Interest Form for people with Down syndrome who wish to submit by themselves.

If you'd like to taking part in this project and get further details, please visit our site here...

The closing date for an Expression of Interest is September 7th, 2020


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.

Continue reading Aoife’s opinion piece on the


Play with a Difference 

Dublin Branch member Réiltín (4) is full of joy as she takes part in her very own personal home sensory play experience of 'Sing Me To The Sea' performed by the amazing actresses from Theatre Adventures.

'Sing Me To The Sea' was to be performed in hydro-pools across Ireland, the aim of this unique experience is to help support families who have a child with profound and multiple learning difficulties. However due to Covid19 restrictions the performances had to be shipped to dry land (with social distancing in mind) as Anna Newell, from Theatre Adventures explains.

Watch the segment here...

New Guidance to Support the Resumption of Centre-Based Respite Services

The HSE has developed new Guidance to Support the Resumption of Centre-Based Respite Services in line with COVID-19 restrictions. 

The guidance states that it is imperative that respite services that closed now resume. It intends to enable providers to deliver safe and person-centred respite supports in line with current public health advice and infection prevention and control guidance.

Please find further information here...


Parents Plus Launches New Special Needs Programme

In Spring of this year, Helena Connors & Aoife Gaffney from our Member Support Team participated in a pilot rollout of a new evidence-based Special Needs Programme with Parents Plus.  The is the first international parenting programme developed to address the needs of young people with an Intellectual Disability, 12 – 25 years, and their families. Until now, there have been no tailored parenting programmes for parents of adolescents with I.D. to help them deal with the significant challenges they face during this time and to meet the needs of this under-served group.

The programme was involved in research with Trinity College Dublin & results from the research of the Parents Plus Special Needs Programme reported significant improvements in:

  • Parenting practices
  • Problem behaviours
  • Parental satisfaction
  • Parental self-efficacy
  • Personal goal attainment

Parents Plus are now launching the Special Needs Programme on September 18th with a free online introduction, which you can find out more about here... 

This would be a great opportunity for Down Syndrome Ireland branches to offer this programme & support at a local level to families.  Although this is a free session, registration is required to claim a spot for the session.


Looking for a New Role?

DSI is recruiting for a Shop Manager to help manage and develop its charity shop in Clondalkin, West Dublin.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to drive sales and achieve income targets, as well as recruit, train, manage and motivate a team of volunteer staff. Relevant experience in retail and excellent customer service skills, along with the ability to work under pressure and prioritise a varied workload are essential attributes for the role.

For more information about the role, please visit our website here...

A massive congratulations to Mayo Ultra Cyclists, they completed a staggering 1,900km 6-day tour of every county starting in Mayo. They used the opportunity to raise some much-needed funds for four deserving charities, Temple Street Foundation, Down Syndrome Ireland West, Mayo Roscommon Hospice, and

New Online Educational Seminars

Our newly dedicated section of online video resources for teachers and parents has just been published on our site - the videos cover a number of key points regarding the various educational stages for children with Down syndrome.

The DSI seminars have been developed by three members of our Member Support Team – Nicola Hart (Head of Member Support); Olive Buckeridge (Early Years Specialist) and Fidelma Brady (Education Specialist).

Seminars will cover the following topics:

  • Literacy & Numeracy at Primary School
  • In- Class Behaviour Management
  • Specific Learning Needs of the Student with Down Syndrome
  • Pathway through Junior Cycle
  • Managing the Transition from Primary to Post Primary School
  • Accessing the Curriculum – Differentiation of Work
  • Strategies and Supports for Children Transitioning to Mainstream Primary School
  • Language & Communication
  • Managing Vision & Hearing Issues
  • Introduction to Behaviour
  • Mental Well Being 
  • Dual Diagnosis

Each one will provide you with a brief overview of the topics mentioned - to view these new resources please visit our website here...

Down Syndrome Ireland's Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday the 19th of September 2020 in the National Office, Ballymount, Dublin 12. 

Registration: 2 pm. 
A.G.M: 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm approx.

Members are welcome to attend the A.G.M - please be advised that due to COVID 19 confirmation of your attendance is required prior to the A.G.M to allow for compliance with social distancing measures to be implemented.

To let us know you will be attending please email our Member Support Officer, Annette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 30th of August 2020.

Please note: We will, unfortunately, not be able to accommodate walk in's to the A.G.M on the day.

Looking for an Adrenalin Rush this October?

Then look no further! We still have spots available for our first-ever Abseil Croke Park 4 DSI, taking place on Saturday the 24th of October. Take physical distancing to new heights by abseiling 150 feet off the roof of Ireland’s biggest stadium.

To find out more and to book your place, please visit our site here...

Did you know that DSI is on Instagram?
Come share your journey with us on this amazing platform and keep up to date with all that is happening with our online community.

Join the fun and follow us here...
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