Giving sufferers a voice of their own
ALTHOUGH there is still a long way to go before people with Downs Syndrome are fully accepted as equal members of our society, I’m pleased to say things are improving all the time thanks to charities like The Downs Syndrome Association and Mencap for people with Downs Syndrome and other difficulties.
The Downs Syndrome Association supports families through all life stages campaigning for better health care and educational support and leisure activities in the mainstream sector as well as those for special needs.
They have their own magazine written by and for people with Downs Syndrome and they help to give a voice to the more verbally articulate and confident members, encouraging them to speak out for others too, because they are individuals too with their own needs and feelings and if given the chance can learn a lot too even if it is at a slower pace than some.
They also run ‘DS Active’ which supports football and tennis training for people with Downs Syndrome and ‘Workfit’ helps to train people about the Downs Syndrome learning profile.
For more information please phone 0333 1212300 or go to www. downs-syndrome.org.uk