Our Regional Resource Officers help people with Down syndrome and their family’s access support locally. Regional Resource Officers provide vital support and a point of contact for new parents as well as families who need help and support at local level at every life stage. Our Regional Resource Officer for the LouthMeath Branch is:
Mike Egan started working with the Louth Meath branch of DSI as a part-time Regional Resource Officer in November 2016, having had over 10 years front-line and management experience in adult learning disability services. His role in the Louth Meath branch is to act as an information and support officer for the members and committee, helping to ensure they are aware of their full entitlements and rights to get all the services and opportunities that they need. Where such services are not readily available, Mike works with the branch and DSI National Team to campaign for additional and improved services for members of all ages. He has a particular interest in the possibility of individualised funding/personal budgets for people with Down syndrome to enable them to reach their full potential and be active, included members of the community. Mike has an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies, an MSc in Education and Training Management and, more recently, has trained as a mindfulness teacher for stress reduction and other benefits.
These activities are designed to promote your baby/toddler/child’s communication development. These activities can be easily carried out at home as each activity is nice and short. You can do one, some or all of these activities. You may choose to do them daily or weekly, it’s completely up to you!
All you need for these activities is a little bit of space and toys/objects that you have in the house.
Activities to Promote Communication 1
We are going to focus on eye-contact, naming, action songs, cause and effect and teaching some important songs – “Hello song” and “The Clean-up Song”.
If you are still working through the previous activities, don’t worry, you can start the following activities when your child is ready. You can also start these activities if you need a change and are feeling demotivated! Follow your child’s lead.
Down Syndrome Ireland has co-signed a document on the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 period. The statement calls on the government to adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in particular:
Provide full accessible information on all aspects of COVID-19
Ensure equal treatment in the provision of healthcare
Ensure people with disabilities are involved in decisions about their treatment
Provide support for families caring for a person with a disability, including social and educational supports
Provide advocacy services as needed
Read the full statement from disability organisations, including DSI, and activists regarding Ireland’s obligations under the UNCRPD and calling on the government to take specific actions to ensure rights are protected and promoted during the pandemic.
We have been advised by Down Syndrome Ireland National Office to follow the recommendations of An Taoiseach and the Department of Education and suspend all Early Intervention Home Teaching Visits until Monday 30th March. This decision has been taken with the best interest of our children, members, service providers and volunteers in mind. I apologies for any inconvenience caused.
All funds raised will be split equally between Nobber Cancer Support Group and DownSyndrome LouthMeath.
Derek and Ian are taking on a bit of a challenge this June to raise much needed funds for two brilliant local charities – Nobber Cancer Support Group and DownSyndrome LouthMeath. They are hiking the highest peak in each province in Ireland in just 48-hours!
As I’m sure many of you are aware, Nobber Cancer Support Group and DownSyndrome LouthMeath both provide much needed support and services to people in our local community. The services and support they make available make a big difference to the lives of those who benefit from them and every donation, no matter how small, helps to enable them to continue to operate. We would be very grateful for your help in making this fundraising effort a big success!!
If you would like to support our fundraiser for these very worthy causes you can do so online (details below) or alternatively you can contribute in person 🙂
Down Syndrome Louth Meath Branch (DSLMB) are delighted to announce ROCK YOUR SOCKS fundraising event on Friday 20th March with primary schools throughout Louth and Meath. This coincides with World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March which celebrates the uniqueness of triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
Schools taking part in the ROCK YOUR SOCKS fundraiser will be entered into a prize draw for some great prizes
School website design, valued at €2,500, sponsored by Matrix Internet
€500 school tour voucher for Carlingford Adventure Centre
Rocks for Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2020
Mickey Joe Harte, The Committments, and Ireland’s best Oasis Tribute ” Live Forever ” are the headliners amongst 60 other artist and bands at the 2020 Fireside Festival of Music and arts Rocks for Louth Meath down syndrome…