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Always remember that you are not alone. In addition to Footsteps, there are many other people that will offer you support and you should be aware of all your benefits and entitlements, the majority of which are listed here. For more information, please feel free to contact us.


Service Provider – Service Providers vary from region to region, however they willparentlink10.support
look after newborns and their parents. Your paediatrician will advise your service
provider, who will make arrangements to meet you over the next few weeks. If you
haven’t been contacted, ask your local Footsteps branch who your service provider is.

Your Public Health Nurse – All new mums get a visit from the public health nurse. She
can give you general advice on your baby’s health and information on other services.

Social Work Department at your Maternity Unit.

Don’t forget that you can always contact Footsteps for additional support and

Possible benefits and entitlements

Domiciliary Care Allowance – apply to your local health board;

Carer’s Allowance – apply to Carer’s Allowance Payments, Social Welfare Services
Office, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs, Ballinalee Road,

Respite Care Grant – this is automatically received by those collecting either of the
above benefits;

Long-term Illness Card – apply to your local health board;

Tax Free Allowances – details can be obtained from your tax office;

Other Payments – obtain booklet entitled “Entitlements for People with Disabilities”
from Comhairle.


Speech and Language Tips

Play a game such as 'Simon Says', taking turns to follow and give instructions. This is a way of promoting both listening and expressive language (at an appropriate level) while having some fun with action.

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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