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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. https://downsyndrome.ie/conference-promoting-strength-mental-well-being-in-adults-with-down-syndrome/

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:/downsyndrome.ie/seminar-dual-diagnosis-in-down-syndrome-and 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







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Chairperson Message of The Month

Hello, my name is Paudie Murray and I am husband to Aoife and father to Rachael, Ciara and Hannah. Hannah who has Down syndrome is approaching her fourth birthday and is currently attending pre-school. Hannah is a unique individual with her own personality, family background and preferences that make her who she is. She is our child, our daughter, our sister but ultimately she is herself. Previous to Hannah’s birth we had little knowledge of the difficulties for people with Down Syndrome and their families. However, neither did we realise how rewarding it would be to parent a child with Down Syndrome. Hannah brings more joy and happiness to our family than anyone could ever imagine and we have learned so much already from her.

At Down Syndrome Limerick we are dedicated to being a primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome and their families working towards an improved quality of life for our members and a respect for and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of our society. We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of our organization and we value the uniqueness and diverse needs of our members and their families which govern all our activities.

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