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 […]
The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is extremely concerned to hear of moves to cut drastically the funding for schools’ provision, especially where this appears to be an arbitrary decision of cutting bands of funding across the board. For any child, a good start in life obviously begins with high quality education, in schools with staff […]
By Julian Hallett, Services Development Manager On 24 January the long awaited Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill received Royal Assent. Many of you will be aware that we have been working alongside Welsh Government and partners across the statutory and voluntary sectors in shaping this important legislation, since it was first proposed, more […]
An edited list of links to useful resources from other organisations: New EHCP animations from Independent Support With support from DfE, Independent Support has produced two short animation films, which can be used by local authorities, front-line services, professionals and parent groups in their communications with parents and young people. They explain the Education, Health […]
Independent review looking at the outcomes and experiences of children and young people attending residential special schools and colleges.
New legislation begins process of becoming law
The DSA has been involved with the statutory reform around additional learning needs in Wales, since the process was first announced in 2008. This has been through involvement with Task and Finish groups facilitated by Welsh Government, responding to the draft Bill in 2014 and encouraging the involvement of parents and families in submitting their […]
Exploring Fluency in Down Syndrome: A Discussion of Speech Dysfluencies for Professionals and Parents by Monica Bray J&R Press Ltd. March 2016 Review by Erica Ford, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Down’s syndrome) My overall impression of this book is that I might want to change the title. It would be a pity if the reader […]
The Government has launched the first stage of its consultation on national funding formulae for high needs and schools, and on other high needs funding reforms.
by the Information Team As with any other child, young children with Down’s syndrome will be learning about the world around them by interaction with their family and their surroundings. Because of their developmental delay they will also benefit from more targeted early learning. For babies and very young children this might be by family […]