Giv­ing suf­fer­ers a voice of their own

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - TERESA CAMPBELL Fairdale Gar­dens Hayes

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-syn­

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