An Inclusive Force – Police Scoop Top Employment Award

Two young adults with Down’s syndrome have helped Wiltshire Police scoop a top employment award. The force was awarded the ‘Best Employer Practice’ accolade by the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) on Tuesday night. It recognises their commitment to supporting people with disabilities to secure and retain employment. Chief Constable, Kier Pritchard said: “It […]

Unacceptable cuts proposed for SEN services

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 […]

Our statement on Philip Hammond’s recent comments on Britain’s productivity

Philip Hammond recently commented that Britain’s sluggish productivity could partly be blamed on more disabled people in the workforce. It would be interesting to know where he got this information from. An external evaluation of WorkFit, the DSA’s employment programme, found that companies who have members of staff with Down’s syndrome on their payroll reported […]

Literature review on the impact of NIPT published

A literature review entitled Has non-invasive prenatal testing impacted termination of pregnancy and live birth rates of infants with Down syndrome? written by Hill, Barrett, Choolani, Lewis, Fisher & Chitty has been published. While the DSA acknowledges that the offer of prenatal testing for Down’s syndrome is a routine part of antenatal care, we are […]