DSA celebrates 40th Anniversary with Lifetime Service Awards at the House of Lords


Monday, 22 March 2010

The Down’s syndrome community came together at a reception hosted by Lord Dear QPM celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) on Friday, 19th March, at the House of Lords during the annual Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week.


The DSA was formed in 1970 as a result of a group parents coming together to create programmes and opportunities for their children with Down’s syndrome designed with their specific development profile. Since this time, the Association has grown from a local charity to a national organisation with more than 20,000 members and global partners. 


Carol Boys, Chief Executive of the Down’s Syndrome Association, said:  

“Forty years ago, people with Down’s syndrome were fighting for the basic rights – to life, medical treatment, education and to be an accepted member of society.  The ability to engage in activities that help define one’s sense of self were limited or non-existent; however, the Down’s Syndrome Association has led the case for change as an instrumental force expanding the range of opportunities at both local and national level.” 


Carol further expanded:  

“Our work is not yet done and I look forward to working with others in the learning disability arena to ensure that opportunities for those with Down’s syndrome continue to grow and flourish.”


janetcarrsmallwebOn the evening, the Association paid tribute to five people who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of people with the condition both individually and collectively.  These award recipients have altered the course and opportunities for people with Down’s syndrome through dedicating their own lives to understand more about the condition and actively championing access to equal rights.


Four Lifetime Service Awards were awarded on the night to Dr. Janet Carr, Dr. Stephanie Lorenz, Professor Conor Ward and Professor Cliff Cunningham.


Dr. Janet Carr, recipient of a DSA Lifetime service award, said: 

“I am so grateful to have been honored by the Down’s Syndrome Association with this award.  It has been great to be associated with them for all these years.  I continue to look forward and working in co-ordination for them for many more to come.”


The Down’s Syndrome Association also bestowed the great distinction of Lifetime Volunteer Award to Mr Colin Quemby, who has diligently aided the association month after month, year after year allowing the Association to develop and flourish.