Government announce mandatory learning disability training

The government has announced it will pilot and roll out mandatory learning disability training for all relevant NHS healthcare professionals. It comes in response to campaigning from ourselves and thousands of others following grave concerns about the widely recognised health inequalities experienced by individuals with a learning disability. Read the ‘Right to be heard’ report […]

Education Committee Inquiry on SEND

The Education Committee has today published the report of its inquiry into special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They have concluded that this generation is being let down by the current system, and that parents are facing a “titanic struggle” to find the right help and support. We contributed to the Special Education Consortium’s submission, […]

Health Alert! Campaign: Response to Government Consultation

Today sees the culmination of coordinated work across the DSA with the submission of our response to The Department of Health and Social Care consultation on mandatory learning disability training for health and care professionals. For a long while now we have been concerned about the variability in quality of healthcare individuals with Down’s syndrome […]

Statement on inquest into the death of Joe Ulleri

Carol Boys, Chief Executive of the DSA said today: “I have been appalled and saddened by the evidence given during the course of the inquest into Joe’s  death…appalled that the care that Joe received at the Manchester Royal Infirmary was so disjointed and lacked any urgency or leadership; and saddened by Joe’s suffering and that […]

Statement on decision by High Court to permit judicial review into decisions made by coroner at the inquest into the death of Jacqueline Maguire

‘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 […]