"Voices for Down Syndrome Galway" ï¿½Speech & Language Therapy Project
Voices for Down Syndrome Galway is the Speech and Language Therapy side of the Galway Branch of Down Syndrome Irl. Established in 2005 by a group of parents of children with Down Syndrome, the mission of our organisation remains true to its initial objective - the provision of Speech and Language Therapy for our branch membersâ€¦children and adults with Down Syndrome in Galway city and county.
Today, the project remains parent ran and parent driven. Providing speech and language therapy to almost 100 person with Down Syndrome in the Galway community.
Voices for Down Syndrome Galway provides speech and language therapy, without delay, to almost 100 persons with Down Syndrome, from the age of 1 upwards....
1-3 Year Oldsâ€¦.The â€˜Little Owlsâ€™ initiative is a joint approach in service of an early communication group of infants and young children with Down Syndrome between 1-3yrs in Co. Galway. It has been developed in Galway city and has been running successfully since 2000. Little Owls is a partnership between Voices for Down Syndrome Galway, and Brothers of Charity. It is a collaborative initiative between Community Nurses in early intervention, and a Speech and Language Therapist, and this partnership has been the key to its success. The speech and language therapy element of the group sessions is funded by the Voices project.
Age 3 and upwardsâ€¦.Upon graduating from Little Owls, parents have the option for their child to avail of therapy with Voices for Down Syndrome Galway Speech and Language Therapist.
Employing 3 therapists, our clinic is based in NUIG, working in collaboration with the Speech Therapy Dept., giving students valuable clinical experience in exchange for use of state of the art therapy clinics and access to some of the leading academics in speech and language therapy in the country.
Requiring â‚¬130,000 to sustain itself annually, the project receives NO government, institutional or DSI national organisation funding.
With the generous help of our supporters and families, the running costs of the project are raised through a mixture of fundraising events, charitable donations and corporate partnership.
The project remains parent ran by a small group of volunteer parents. Speech and Language Therapy is provided free of charge, but members are encouraged to donate annually towards the project and assist with fundraising initiatives.