For Families and Carers : Forthcoming ASC/DS Meetings


The DSA organise meetings for families who have an interest in ASC/DS. We try to invite a guest speaker with insight and practical experience of ASC/DS to each meeting. Families find the meetings a good opportunity to form support networks and for the sharing of ideas and experiences.

Here is what parents have said about past meetings:

‘I am not alone!’

‘Just grateful to have been a part of an interesting day with great people, listening to other’s stories. Listen to groundbreaking new research was encouraging’

‘Meeting and chatting with other parents in the same boat is so important and valuable’

‘I was nervous about coming but the day/the group/the speakers were  all very relaxed and informal. Thank you.’

Down’s Syndrome & Autism Spectrum Condition Meeting
17 May 2017, Sheffield

For family members and parents/carers of children and adults who have Down’s syndrome and dual diagnosis of autism spectrum condition.

We are delighted to be holding the meeting in Sheffield and look forward to welcoming new members to the DSA ASC/DS family member group.

Date: 17 May 2017
Time: 10.30am to 3.00pm, arrival from 10.00am for tea and coffee
Venue: Burton Hall, The Burton Street Foundation, 57 Burton Street, Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 2HH  Free parking is available

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

The themes for discussion are sensory difficulties and related behaviours and the wellbeing of parents/carers, with Stuart Mills (DSA information officer) and guest speakers Geraldine White (chartered psychologist), Sue King (lead therapist, sensory bound) and Jane Mitchell (nurse and mindfulness teacher).

This family and parent carer meeting gives time for people to talk to each other, share information and offer support in an informal atmosphere.

To book your free place please contact

Have you seen our closed Facebook group? 

The DSA Complex Needs and Autism Group is a private space for parents, family members and carers of children or adults with complex needs or with a dual diagnosis of Down’s syndrome and autism spectrum condition.