What is Having A Voice?

‘Having a Voice’ is an advocacy project dedicated to giving people with Down’s syndrome a platform to have their say. It is the only project of its kind in the country. We are setting up new ‘Having a Voice’ groups across the country, providing opportunities to meet new people, share experiences and get involved with […]

New training programmes available from the DSA

The Information and Training Team have developed two new training programmes during the last year: Adolescence workshops Sex and relationships education for adults Adolescence workshops This course focuses on supporting young people with Down’s syndrome through puberty and adolescence and is now being offered to schools, colleges and support groups across the country. The workshop covers […]

Tell It Right – Public Health England survey

As part of the work that Public Health England are doing to improve information and training about screening tests, they are reviewing and updating the booklet Screening Tests for You and Your Baby. This is the booklet given to all pregnant women and provides information about screening tests offered during pregnancy and after birth. They […]

Keeping safe

by Kate Powell, Down2Earth Magazine editor Keeping safe is very important. Here are some of my tips on how to keep yourself safe in the community. Always make sure that you have your mobile phone and that it is turned on (and you can hear it). Make sure is that you have charged it up […]

Adult Social Care Series – new resources on their way

We are currently working on a new addition to our adult social care series. The new factsheet will help adults with Down’s syndrome (18+) and their supporters prepare for Needs Assessments and Carers Assessments in England. Local authorities complete Needs Assessments to work out how much care and support a person needs to live their day-to-day life. […]

Direct payments are working for Heidi

by Liz, Heidi’s mum You might have read my article regarding independent living in the DSA’s Autumn/Winter 2016 Journal. Fast forward a few months and things are totally different! We were recommended a charity that enables people with learning disabilities to live independently, but we realised very quickly that their idea of “supporting and enabling” […]

I have a new exercise programme!

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by Kate Powell, Down2Earth Magazine editor I have a new exercise programme – aqua aerobics. I had my first lesson on Monday, loved it and will be going back next week. I do walking up and down and running on the spot and use foam weights in the water it is great fun and love […]