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We are Delighted to once again welcome world-renowned expert Dr. Denis Mc Guire to Ireland to deliver three national conferences for both parents and professionals alike.

Topics Covered will be:

:Promoting Strenghts and Mental Well-Being in Teenagers and Adults with Down Syndrome

: Dual Diagnosis in Teenagers & Adults - Down Syndrome and Autism (DS- ASD)

Dr. Mc Guire is Senior Consultant with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Denver, Colorado and Former Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Centre of Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago. Dr McGuure helped to establish the Adult Down Syndrome Centre in Chicago which has served the health and psychological needs to over 5,000 adults with Down Syndrome since 1992.

We have had the privilege of consulting and working closely with Dr. McGuire during his previous visits and we have seen the direct impact of his clinical work and his innate ability to share his knowledge with parents and professionals alike.

All three conferences are aimed at parents of teenagers and older adults as well as professionals and we would advise you to forward conference details to any of your child's professionals who you think might benefit from attending a conference.

Please be advised that Dr. Mc Guire specialises in teenagers and adults with Down Syndrome and as such, the conference is not suitable for parents of children younger than 13 years old.

Promoting Strengths and Mental Well-Being in Teeenagers and Adults with Down Syndrome.

Dates:  Friday 29th  September or Saturday 30th September 

(**to ensure as many parents and professionals as possible can attend Dr. McGuire will deliver the same conference over two days)

Time: 9:30am -5pm


The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co.Westmeath

The Conference will address:

Promoting Strengths and resources in people with Down Syndrome

Promoting Social Skills, Independence,Self-Esteem and Safety in the Community

Health, Mental Health, Norma Ageing and Alzheimer's Dementia.

You can asscess a full programme and booking form for the conference here.

Places are limited, so we would advise you book early to avoid disappointment!

Dr Mc Guire will aslo deliver a seminar or Dual diagnosis -detals below

Dual Diagnosis in Teenagers & Adults -Down Syndrome and Autism (DS-ASD)

Date: Wednesday, September 27th 9.30- 4:30 Approx. Location

Down Syndrome Ireland's National Office, Unit 3, Parkway House, Western Parkway Business Park, Ballymount Drive, Ballymount Industrial Estate, Walkinstown, Dublin D12 HP70

Seminar Objectives- Pariciants will learn:

The Key characteristics of DS-ASD

To identify the overlapping characteristics of DS (without ASD)and DS with ASD..

The difference between ASD and "autistic features" The Special Challenges for teensand adults with DS-ASD

the resources and strengths of the families of teens and adults with DS-ASD

you can access a full programme for this seminar here.

https:/ autisim-ds-asd/

if you have any questions on the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01 4266500 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

we look forward to seeing you there!



Annette O'Neill,

Down Syndrome Ireland,

Unit 3, Parkway House

Western Parkway Business Park,

Ballymount Drive,

Ballymount Ind. Estate, Walkinstown,

Dublin 12

Phone : 01 4266500 Fax : 01 4266501

Direct Line: 01 4266511






Speech and Language Tips

Involve your child in food preparation, such as making a sandwich, to encourage recall and sequence. Ask your child to get some of the items needed and talk through the steps. You could take a few photos to recall the sequence and review what happened.

Chairperson Message of The Month

For my second and last message to you all, if you have been on holidays I hope you had a good time and enjoyed yourselves and if you are still looking forward to sometime off, have a good time and stay safe.

I would like to welcome Claire Walsh, on board, as a temporary replacement for Breeda.

The next big event we have to look forward to is the Tour de Munster BBQ on Thursday August 6. You will have received your invitation by this stage, via e-mail and post. Please make a big effort to come along and meet all the cyclists who are doing this cycle for all our members in Munster. Claire needs to know how many people we will be catering for, so please let her know as soon as possible if you are going attend.  Looking forward to having a big turn out for the occasion and hopefully I'll see you there

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