The Louth/Meath branch of Down Syndrome Ireland was founded in the early 1980s. At present we represent more than one hundred and fifty members throughout the two counties. This number increases slowly but steadily each year as our children now live longer and enjoy a better quality of life, while the number of babies being born with Down syndrome does not decrease.
At branch level we run a number of services to help our children: we were the first branch outside Dublin to set up a Home Teacher service for pre-school children, which, as well as helping the child to get the best possible start with early intervention and stimulation, also gives additional support to parents in the early years of their child's life.
This is our major expense at present as, with only a minimal annual donation from the H.S.E., all the money needed has to come from fund-raising and donations. At the same time, the number of children using the service has doubled in the last few years due to the very big increase in housing in our area.
For our older children we provide Speech & Drama classes in four venues round the branch and we hold information evenings and social outings for parents and families.
We hope to expand our services to provide a framework of support for the growing number of young adults now living in the area, covering social, living and other matters. We will be working closely with the other service providers in the region as well as experts in the field working in the D.S.I. National Resource Centre.
For more information contact our branch secretary, Sheelagh McNally on on Ph: 086 1539442
100% to the services provided by the branch. All committee members are parents of children with Down Syndrome and work in a volunteering capacity only