Sara Pickard at the Women of the Year Awards

What a Day for DSA member and local Trustee, Sara Pickard, at the ‘Women of the Year Lunch and Awards’ in London! Here is what she has to say… I felt very honoured to be nominated to attend the ‘Women of the Year’ Lunch and Awards Ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on […]

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 […]

Meet Katherine…

Proud mum, Stella, has recently got in touch to tell us about her daughter, Katherine’s lifetime and more recent achievements. “My daughter Katherine is 33. She gained 5 GCSEs at high school. She spent two years at college. For the past 10 years she has worked part time in paid employment for Morrison’s supermarket which […]

Updated NHS Resource

On the 4 November 2019, the NHS published updated information about Down’s syndrome. This comprehensive online resource is intended as a reference for anyone looking for information about what living with Down’s syndrome is like. We were delighted to have been working with NHS digital over the last few months and have been very encouraged […]

Down2Earth – October Meeting

We had a great Down 2 Earth meeting on Sunday!  We shared all our news and several members had birthdays this month, so we sang “Happy Birthday” many times! After our news sharing, the members were given a new Easy Read leaflet to look at and comment on. This was about Thyroid. As usual, our […]

Our Voice Our Choice – October 2019

It was great to see each other! To start the meeting off, we had a catch up and shared our news… ‘Went to see a show’  ‘Had my Birthday’  ‘Helped mum at home’  ‘Met friends’  ‘Visited gran who is poorly’  ‘Sung in a choir’  ‘Won some medals for skiing’  ‘Went to my brother’s wedding – […]

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, […]