Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Live Web Chat Event for Parents of Deaf Children with Down's Syndrome

The Down's Syndrome Association will be taking part in a live web chat in conjunction with National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS).

The web chat will be hosted by the NDCS on Thursday 24th July 2014 at 7pm.

The topic for this web chat is "Creating an Effective Listening Environment" and has been prompted
by recent research into the impact of early hearing difficulties on children with Down's syndrome. Read about the new research here

The web chat will last for 1 hour and there will be contributions from Vicki Kirwi, Amanda Hall and the DSA's
Gillian Bird.

Sign in to the webchat facebook to take part in the live webchat

If you would like to submit a question for the contributors in advance, please email them to Judy Trayford at NDCS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 18 July 2014

DSActive National Football Festival 2014 Report

Cardiff City Champions smallThe DSActive National Festival took place for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday, June 29th 2014.

The event, which brings together DSActive football teams from across England and Wales, took centre-stage at the wonderful St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent.

A record 16 DSActive teams took part in a fiercely contested and high-quality contest, with over 150 players battling it out to be crowned champions! The tournament provided an exciting spectacle for the several hundred coaches and family members watching from the sidelines.

The teams were separated into three groups to take part in a round-robin style tournament, followed by a semi-final stage and a final. One team would progress from each of the three groups, with the runner-up from the Red Group also progressing. Each match lasted 12 minutes and was played six-a-side. 

You can read the full festival report here.


Tuesday, 01 July 2014

ESA Survey

The Disability Benefit's Consortium have asked us for parents who would like to contribute to the Big Benefits Survey with regard to experiences claiming ESA.

The results are really important to informing their response to the WCA independent review, but also in broader campaigning work they are doing around the welfare changes. If you have a spare ten minutes it would be great if you could contribute.

They will keep the surveys open for five weeks so they will close at midnight on August 3rd.

As in previous years, they will be able to pull out condition specific data for organisations that require this.

Here is the link to the survey

Friday, 27 June 2014

DSActive Football Festival this Sunday

DSactivefootballfestivalThe Down's Syndrome Association, DSActive programme will be holding their national Football Festival this Sunday.

The event, which has been a huge success in each of the last three years, will once again take place in the Midlands at the FA's magnificent home, St George's Park (National Football Centre) in Burton-upon-Trent.

The DSActive National Festival is an annual event which sees many of our football teams from across England and Wales.  Players aged five to 12 will take part in a series of fun games such as 'beat the keeper' and players aged 13 and upwards will take part in the six-a-side tournament. This year we are expecting fifteen DSActive teams to be in attendance.

You can find out more about the DSActive programme here

Follow DSActive on facebook and twitter to keep track of the fun on Sunday

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Reveal by Heart & Sold goes to Cumbria

'Inspiring print exhibition created by artists with Down's Syndrome set to be revealed'

28 June – 23 July 2014

The Reveal continues its journey by way of a limited edition print exhibition at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria. It will focus primarily on the original works shown at the Menier Gallery in London, March
this year.

Location : The Reveal By Heart & Sold at Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, Cumbria, Lakeside, Lake Rd CA12 5DJ

This ground-breaking exhibition includes prints by both established and emerging artists including Lester Magoogan and Tazia Fawley.

Taz pic accepted into RoyaltyTazia will again be exhibiting a limited edition print of her painting, 'Rupert Flying
Over The Clifton Suspension Bridge', the original of which was accepted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a gift for Prince George's nursery last year.

There will be our usual international collective of creative talent, including photographer Rachel Handlin, all round talented artist John P. Kelting - both from America and line drawer, Teniola Olojo from Nigeria.

Heart & Sold are also thrilled to welcome Oliver Hellowell to our ever growing collective, a commercially successful nature photographer. With his Community Face Book page now receiving 8,617 'Likes', we are merely a fan! ....I'm sure it'll hit 10,000 by the exhibition.

Visit the Friends Gallery at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and join others in realising the talents of these artists. See how a condition such as Down's syndrome actually creates exciting new perspectives and often strikingly original insights with an opportunity to buy our limited edition prints.

Help us bring international awareness to these artists and join others in recognising their talents and achievements.

Find out more about the Heart and Sold Exhibitions