Funding thanks to John Lewis Kingston

The Down’s Syndrome Association would like to say a huge thank you to John Lewis in Kingston. The store has donated £1,000 to the charity from its Community Matters scheme. Andrea Bishop from the charity said: “We are hugely grateful to John Lewis in Kingston for this funding. As a charity we don’t receive any […]

DSActive awarded £15,000 by Tesco

Money for old bags! The Down’s Syndrome Association has been awarded £15,000 by Tesco as part of their Bags of Help Centenary scheme. The supermarket takes the money paid for plastic bags in stores and puts it into grants that benefit local communities. The money will go towards new sporting sessions from the DSActive team. […]

New research into the causes of Down’s syndrome

Scientists in London have released new research which shows that genetic factors that cause Down’s syndrome, are more varied than previously thought. Using mice models, the researchers at University College London (UCL) found that multiple genes contribute to problems in memory and decision-making associated with Down’s syndrome. Previous thinking was that a single gene, or […]

Government announce mandatory learning disability training

The government has announced it will pilot and roll out mandatory learning disability training for all relevant NHS healthcare professionals. It comes in response to campaigning from ourselves and thousands of others following grave concerns about the widely recognised health inequalities experienced by individuals with a learning disability. Read the ‘Right to be heard’ report […]

Education Committee Inquiry on SEND

The Education Committee has today published the report of its inquiry into special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They have concluded that this generation is being let down by the current system, and that parents are facing a “titanic struggle” to find the right help and support. We contributed to the Special Education Consortium’s submission, […]

New NICE guidance on growing older

Earlier this year, the DSA was pleased to be involved in shaping new guidance around growing older with a learning disability. We responded to a National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) consultation on developing new standards for services to adopt. These have now been published. It covers all settings where care and support is provided, […]