50 for 50 for 50: a very special fundraising walk 

To celebrate her 50th birthday, and to mark the Down’s Syndrome Association’s (DSA) own 50th anniversary, earlier this year Antonia decided that a 50 mile fundraising walk would be the perfect summer challenge….hence the 50 for 50 for 50 walk!  The charity is very close to the Headteacher’s heart as her niece, Hannah, happens to have Down’s syndrome. Antonia said: ‘Throughout Hannah’s life the charity has been […]

New Educational Guidelines for learners who have Down’s Syndrome

New guidelines have been released today to ensure pupils who have Down’s syndrome are being offered the best education in schools. The Educational Guidelines document sets out exactly what teachers and institutions should be doing to improve the availability and quality of education for learners who have Down’s syndrome.  The document is the culmination of best practice […]

Planning for your child’s return to school

Down's syndrome

We are understandably getting many calls from parents asking for advice to support them in making decisions about their child returning to school in September. We understand that this prospect may raise many questions for you and will differ depending on the particular needs of your child and the setting they attend. We thought it […]

Government’s response to 2019 SEND report

The House of Commons Education Committee has recently published the Government’s response to the 2019 report on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) are active members of the Special Educational Consortium (SEC) and members of this group gave evidence to the committee. Our involvement in this influential group means we […]

We won! WorkFit film wins ‘Charity Film of the Year’

We wanted our WorkFit film ‘When I Grow Up…’, to change people’s attitudes towards employing someone with Down’s syndrome. It was a collaboration with internet sensations Ollie and Cameron. It shows the seven-year-old identical twins testing out jobs at the fire service, a café, hairdressers and supermarket, and promotes the message that children with Down’s syndrome should […]

4th annual report of The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR) published

The DSA will be closely following how the Department of Health and Social Care responds to the recommendations made in the 4th annual report of The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme, published yesterday (16 July 2020). The LeDeR programme, established in 2015, aims to reduce early deaths and health inequalities for people with a learning […]

Invited to the Vatican | Kate’s blog

I am continuing going to my groups via a mini bus which is fine except one day last week the bus did not pick me up! Oh well, there are bound to be some hiccups along the way! We had some exciting news this week. Next march the dance group I belong too, the Larondina […]