Our Regional Resource Officer is here to help

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

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.

Mike can be contacted at:
mike@downsyndrome.ie
085 8618866.

Activities to Promote Communication

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”.

https://downsyndrome.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Activities-to-Promote-Communication.pdf

Activities to Promote Communication 2

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.

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Activities to Promote Communication 3

This week we will be focusing on positive interaction through song, taking turns, cooking and much more.

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DSI co-signs a document on Ireland’s obligations under the UNCRPD

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.

Hoedown Cancelled- Covid 19 Coronavirus

It is with deep regret that Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch has to cancel the Hoedown for our World Down Syndrome Day celebrations due to the Coronavirus.

Many of our members are in the at-risk group and we feel that cancelling and rescheduling is the safest course of action at this time.

We aim to reschedule the Hoedown for October which is Down Syndrome awareness month.

If you have purchased tickets, you can hold on to them for the rescheduled date or you can get a full refund which is available on request.

Early Intervention Home Teaching Visits Suspended

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.

Best regards

Rebecca Smyth
Early Intervention Co Ordinator

Hoedown for World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)

A Hoedown in  celebration for World Down Syndrome Day on the 20th March in the Ardboyne Hotel Navan t 8.30pm

Hoedown Tickets are €20 each / €50 for 3 (family ticket).

We have a live band with guest singers

Ray Murtagh, 

Leah Barniville, 

Seanie Vaughan, 

Amy Rigney, 

Frank Foley, 

Eddie Quinn,  

Nigel Connell,

Leah Kirwan & Cian McKeever.

Tickets can be purchased from the Branch from Brendan on 083 8972044 or by email secretarydslm@gmail.com or any Committee member.

Grab your Stetson’s & come along.

It is a fantastic line up and we would love to see you on the night.

4 Peak Challenge

A big Thank you to Derek & Ian Primrose for choosing our Branch as part of their fabulous Fundraiser.

If you would like to support the fundraiser for these very worthy causes you can do so online (details below) or alternatively you can contribute in person 🙂

You can donate online via the following GoFundMe page:
https://ie.gofundme.com/f/derek-amp-ian-primrose039s-48hr-4

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 🙂

ROCK YOUR SOCKS

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
  • Birthday party at JUSTBFIT for 15 children
  • Library book bundles courtesy of Scholastic
  • Family Stadium pass for Croke Park

If your school is interested in taking part or you would like to make a donation go to https://dsilmb.ie for more information or contact Yvonne rockyoursocksdslm@gmail.com

The Fireside Sessions Summer Festival of Music

The Fireside Sessions Summer Festival of Music.

Rocks for Down Syndrome Ireland Louth Meath Branch

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2020

McHugh’s Drogheda

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…

Text or call 083 8673499 for tickets

Weekend €32.50
Sat 18th €20
Sun 19th €20