“When all of us, and not only a few of us, have more opportunities at school, at work and in our communities, then we’ll truly have reasons to celebrate. LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND.” Ruben Reuter, star of CBBC’s The Dumping Ground and the moving documentary My Life: The Real Dumping Ground joined an international […]
Today, Gillian Bird, Services Director at the DSA, presented at the World Down Syndrome Day Conference at the United Nations, New York. She spoke about education…what has been achieved here in the UK, what works and what still needs to improve…we are concerned that some learners are being left behind. Few learners with complex needs […]
‘We are encouraged to hear permission has been granted for a judicial review to look at certain decisions made by the coroner at the inquest in to the death of Jacqueline Maguire who had Down’s syndrome. The Down’s Syndrome Association has ongoing and serious concerns about the premature deaths of people with Down’s syndrome. We […]
A number of families have contacted the DSA to highlight situations involving the justice system whereby their family member with Down’s syndrome has been called upon to provide evidence. Everyone with Down’s syndrome who comes into contact with the justice system should be considered a Vulnerable Witness. There are clear procedures that must be followed […]
Health series: Sleep issues in adults
In January 2019, we sent this letter to MPs in Wales and England, sharing our concerns about social care support for people with Down’s syndrome. You can read more about the survey and download the key findings here.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Raffle at the end of last year by buying and selling tickets. We raised over £13,000 which is wonderful…thank you all so much. The draw has taken place and these are the winning numbers: 1st (£2,500): 015211 2nd (£1,000): 144943 3rd (£750): […]
The Down’s Syndrome Association was shocked and appalled by the recent revelations about the death of a man with Down’s syndrome, who developed gangrene whilst living in a supported living setting in Newham. This distressing case represents failings at a very basic level. The care provider failed to offer even the most basic standards of care […]