Taking action on dementia

On 19 September our Services Development Manager, Julian Hallett, attended a very interesting conference in London hosted by The Dementia Action Alliance. The Alliance is a network of organisations, partly funded by Public Health England, whose aim is to connect, share best practice and take action on dementia. They currently have a focus on improving […]

Supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of people with Down’s syndrome

By Stuart Mills, Information Officer, Down’s Syndrome Association Mental wellbeing Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at the University of Warwick and a wellbeing expert, describes mental wellbeing as follows: “Feeling happy is a part of mental wellbeing. But it’s far from the whole. Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are […]

Seeing the world in soft focus

by Stephanie Cairns, a registered Optometrist with the General Optical Council Not everyone with Down’s syndrome needs glasses but research has found that most people with the condition have a reduced ability to see small detail  (Acuity) and a reduced ability to distinguish small differences in shades of colour (Contrast Sensitivity), compared to the general […]

Keratoconus Cornea – the journey so far

By Madhero88 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By a parent member It was early in 2015 when I visited the opticians for my 20 year old daughter’s routine eye appointment that staff first noticed something unusual evident in her left eye. Our daughter wears glasses and has regular check-ups with the hospital opticians annually. The opticians asked us to refer to the hospital […]