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.

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

  • New Research Study: Older Carers

    On Wednesday 20 November, Julian Hallett, DSA Services Development Manager, was delighted to be involved in an event launching the findings of an important research study which looked at the expe…

  • Sara Pickard at the Women of the Year Awards

    What a day DSA member and campaigner, Sara Pickard, had at the ‘Women of the Year Lunch and Awards’ in London! <span style="color: #0…

  • Let’s Talk About Relationships and Sex

    The Information and Training Team have spent much of the last year developing a new eight week training course package for adults with Down’s syndrome cove…