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 […]

DSActive receive funding for new nutrition app

The Down’s Syndrome Association’s DSActive programme has been selected as one of three schemes to be given a share of the Digital Inclusion Innovation Fund from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to improve older and disabled people’s lives through innovative technology. The DSActive team will be developing a nutrition app specifically […]

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 […]