COVID-19 and the Down’s Syndrome Association. Supporting our community during challenging times.

We don’t often use words like ‘urgent’ or ‘crisis’. Normally our work is offering continuous support rather than responding to an emergency that has affected the whole world. We rely on steady, regular donations from people like you to offer an ongoing service. This is different however. We need your help now. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

15 September 2020: Supporting Early Development: From Birth to 4 years

10:00am to 12:00pm

This two hour online workshop for parents and practitioners provides information about how to promote infant development through interaction, play and early learning activities.

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Online registration opens 9:45 am

10:00 to 10:30am - How do children with Down’s syndrome learn?

  • Exploring a learning profile
  • Health and development
  • Social inclusion

10:30 to 11:00am - Developing language and communication skills

  • Responsive approaches to support communication
  • Language learning – an overview
  • Speech development
  • Using visual supports for language and communication
  • Introducing reading

11:00 to 11:10am - Break

11:10 to 12:00pm - How children learn through play and movement

  • Ways to support play
  • Learning early number skills
  • Q and A

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Your place will be confirmed on payment.

Everyone whose place has been confirmed will get an email invite to join the Zoom meeting on 08 September 2020.

Please note: If you are booking on another person’s behalf, please put their name and email address in the Additional Information box at check out, so we can send them the necessary information regarding the workshop.

22 September 2020: Puberty, Adolescence & Supporting Behaviour: 11 to 18 years

9:30am to 12:30pm

This three hour online training session is for both parents and practitioners. It is suitable for those supporting young people with Down’s syndrome from the ages of 11 to 18 years old. The first part of the training session will cover body changes, hormones and sex and relationships. The second part of the training session will cover the roots of behaviour and strategies for supporting and changing behaviour.


Your place will be confirmed on payment.

Everyone whose place has been confirmed will get an email invite to join the Zoom meeting on 21 July 2020.

Please note: If you are booking on another person’s behalf, please put their name and email address in the Additional Information box at check out, so we can send them the necessary information regarding the workshop.

16 September 2020: Supporting Adults who have Down’s syndrome

9:30am to 12:30pm

A webinar for all those with an interest in supporting adults with Down’s syndrome. The session will look at:

  • How what we know about the learning profile of people with Down’s syndrome can help us to maximise opportunities for independence in adulthood.
  • An overview of the health needs of adults with Down’s syndrome, with strategies to address possible health inequalities they may experience.
  • Supporting decision making and maximising opportunities for independence.

Your place will be confirmed on payment.

Everyone whose place has been confirmed will get an email invite to join the Zoom meeting on 08 Spetember 2020.

Please note: If you are booking on another person’s behalf, please put their name and email address in the Additional Information box at check out, so we can send them the necessary information regarding the workshop.

Global meeting with DSi | Kate’s Blog

  My week includes similar activities such as dance and exercising. Speaking to my friends on the phone, reading, gardening, housework and some cooking! The interesting exceptions was when I was asked to join a Zoom meeting with Down Syndrome International. Questions were asked to all of us from the Nepal, Mongolia, Tanzania and me […]

6 October 2020: Dementia and Down’s Syndrome

11.00 am to 12.30 pm

An information session for parents, carers and support workers.

We know that adults with Down’s syndrome have a greater chance of developing dementia, but what are the changes we need to look out for? How do you go about getting an assessment for someone who might be developing dementia? A change in an adult’s function could be due to some other issue, what else could be happening?

This 90 minute webinar will guide through this process and talk about resources and support available from the Down’s Syndrome Association that focus on older age.

Your place will be confirmed on payment.

Everyone whose place has been confirmed will get an email invite to join the Zoom meeting on 29 September 2020.

Please note: If you are booking on another person’s behalf, please put their name and email address in the Additional Information box at check out, so we can send them the necessary information regarding the workshop.

Heidi Crowter: My Court Case

You may have seen Heidi in the news talking about her campaign to change the abortion law. She got in touch and asked us to share this update on her campaign with you:  Hi I am Heidi Anne Crowter I am 24 and I happen to have Down’s Syndrome but that has not held me […]