What we do

  • We are the main point of contact for hospitals, schools and the general public in Northern Ireland providing information and support on all aspects of living with Down’s syndrome.
  • We offer training for parents/carers and to all professionals.
  • We provide workshops for young adults and adults with Down’s syndrome, improving their self-esteem and confidence.
  • We also facilitate residential events to develop our young adults through outdoor pursuits, drama, and many other social activities and we run seven youth clubs throughout Northern Ireland.

We work with people with Down’s syndrome who are over 30 years old, offering support groups in each county, as well as a befriending service called the Harvest Project.

Keep up to date with the latest Harvest Project news on Facebook or read more about the project on the webpage. The project has a big impact, reaching out to adults with Down’s syndrome who may have been isolated.

The Harvest Project also offers support to parents who are getting older and need some time for themselves.

We also work with hospitals, schools, nurseries and in a range of community settings offering training in all aspects of Down’s syndrome, from birth to older age. We provide a New Parents Day for all new parents in Northern Ireland each year.  This involves counselling, physiotherapy, speech and language and Makaton training.

What's New

  • More than 500 downloads for DSActive Health Swap app

    A new app designed to help people with Down’s syndrome make healthier eating and exercise choices, has been downloaded more than 500 times in its first three weeks. Created by our <a href="http…

  • New NICE guidance on growing older

    Earlier this year, the DSA was pleased to be involved in shaping new guidance around growing older with a learning disability. We responded to a National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NIC…

  • We know the secret to a happy marriage

    Tommy and Maryanne Pilling say they know the secret to a happy marriage – “I love my Tommy, he is my husband. We do lots of things together and he is my best friend”. The couple have jus…