WHO WE ARE
The Down Syndrome Centre was set up to address the lack of services and support available to so many families of children with Down syndrome. In 2014 the doors of their first Centre opened in Sandyford and within 2 years due to increasing demand they moved to Shrewsbury House, Old Bray Road, Cabinteely offering families a bright positive home from home environment and providing a hub that allows for networking and forming strong relationships with others following the same journey.
Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, SKIP a special kids intervention programme, Mums camp; Tots group, Baby Massage, Summer camp; Easter Camps, Social Skills, Life Skills
and a teenager club are just some of the services and activities on offer in the Centre.
They currently provide support to approx. 200 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 18 years and now researching an academy for 3rd level education which is the latest development under the Down syndrome umbrella that will increase the age category from 23 upwards.
With no Government funding the sustainability of this special Centre that is growing at a rapid pace is down to fundraising through internal initiatives, Community run events and Corporate and Philanthropic support.
Every child or person wants to feel included in society, to be accepted by their peers and live independent lives. Our ‘I Could Be’ campaign is about supporting a brighter future for people with Down syndrome.
The campaign aims to promote the message that while people with Down syndrome need additional supports, they have innate potential, skills, talents and unique perspectives to bring to society and to a chosen profession, and can thrive in their role like everyone else, they just need to be believed, included and given that opportunity.