There are a few resources available to families travelling with children and adults with special needs. US website www.specialglobe.com is trying to address that. The website is relatively new and is an online forum where parents/carers can exchange tips and suggestions on how best to manage all aspects of a holiday for families with a member who has special needs. The forum currently only deals with US destinations, but is looking to expand it's reach across the globe.
DUBLIN BRANCH HOLIDAY/RESPITE HOME
VIEWPOINT,Quay Road, Rush, Co. Dublin
Rush house is again available for Holiday Breaks for the Months from June to end of August
It is located on half an acre with a view of the sea & Lambay Island; and in close proximity to Rush harbour and two beaches.
(this is an article from the USA)
Down Syndrome Dublin need a qualified teacher for the Latch On programme, it would suit a retired teacher.Its for 10 hours per week on a Monday and Friday at the Mater Dei Institute in Clonliffe Road. The teacher will be assisted by two tutors and will be teaching 12 students with Down Syndrome the adult literacy programme (Latch On) Full training on the Latch On programme will be provided.
Reproduced from bloomberg.com
Aiming deep inside the brain, drugmakers are testing medicines that may improve learning in people with Down syndrome, an advance unimaginable 50 years ago when many children with the genetic condition were considered hopelessly disabled.
About 6,000 U.S. babies are born with Down syndrome each year. Most attend school, aided by programs designed to help them deal with their disabilities. Now Roche Holding AG (ROG) and Balance Therapeutics Inc., taking advantage of a research renaissance in brain science, are testing drugs in human trials that may pave the way toward a new era. The goal: Improve the ability of these children to remember and learn.
The Cabinet have decided not to request labour and fine gael TDs to vote down Finian McGrath's bill. Allowing it to proceed to the commitee stage. This is in large part down to the huge amount of lobbying that parents have undertaken.
Finian McGrath is introducing a bill on Friday 7th February to the Dail which if passed would give legal right for all children with Down Syndrome to resource hours. We strongly urge you to print out this letter and send it to all your local TDs by email or Fax
reproduced from irish examiner
Up to half of the country’s children with Down’s syndrome have lost their discretionary medical cards, and the group has been "disproportionately" hit by a recent clampdown, a leading advocacy group said.
The Committee are asking parents for expressions of interest for students for a 2 year Latch On literacy programme commencing in September 2014, we'll be holding an information evening for interested parents/carers - if you wish to attend the information evening please fill in the form below:-