Our Mission Statement

We aim to provide information, support and friendship to people with Down syndrome and their families in Galway City and County, working towards an improved quality of life with respect and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of their community.

We recognise the importance of early intervention and developing communication ability.

We aim to create opportunities for social and personal inclusion and integration across the age spectrum

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Dr Kelly Burgoyne, University of Manchester, is hosting a series of online advice sessions
designed to support parents and practitioners educating student(s) with Down syndrome at
home and/or in school during the coronavirus pandemic. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArf-Csrj4iGdd5ikHmb2jbYrD7VOA1UUCN

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National Council for Special Education endorses #Lámh in booklet for parents on managing behaviour at home. "Some communication approaches are based on sign language. One such approach is Lámh"
FOLLOW #LámhSchoolsTeam or GO TO http://bit.ly/LámhInSchoolsfor Activities w/ Lámh at home.

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If you missed last nights interview with parent and Galway branch member Grainne Ni Alluin and her daughter Eimear on TG4 Nuacht, catch up now on the player.
Well done Grainne, Eimear and Voices for DS Galway SLT Brid McAndrew....
www.tg4.ie/en/player/categories/news-stories/play/?pid=6159079432001&title=Nuacht%20TG4&series=Nu...

Nuacht TG4 (25-147) | Player | TG4 | Irish Television Channel, Súil Eile
The day's main news stories from a regional, national and international perspective.
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Tune into TG4 An Nuacht at 7pm tonight, for an interview with parent Grainne Ni Alluin discussing how COVID-19 is impacting on people with Down syndrome, adapting to change and how the Dept of Education etc can help going forward.

Showing her beautiful daughter Eimear engaging in online teletherapy with Voices for Down Syndrome Galway Speech Therapist Brid McAndrew
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🎂🍰 Birthday Request....
Philip Walsh (who loves WWW & has Down Syndrome) is 27 on the 23rd May. This is a tough time for him as his dad dies suddenly about 6 weeks ago and his mum is going through chemotherapy.
He has been reading in the paper how people who can't have a birthday party are getting 100s of cards in the post.
If you get a chance can you send him a card to:

Philip Walsh, 5 Seabury Walk, Malahide, Co Dublin, K36 AY60.

Share this post and spread the word around the nation and help break a birthday card recored for Phiilip and help him celebrate his birthday.

Thank You.
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Online Advice Sessions:
Educating students with Down syndrome
8.00-9.00 pm (GMT),
Monday 1st June to Thursday 4th June 2020

Dr Kelly Burgoyne, University of Manchester, is hosting a series of online advice sessions
designed to support parents and practitioners educating student(s) with Down syndrome at
home and/or in school during the coronavirus pandemic.

Each 1-hour session focuses on a key topic and is presented by an expert in the field
(see session details below).

Each session begins with a presentation followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Attendees can post questions to the presenters before the event
(using the Question and Comments box on registration)
and in real-time during the event.

Please register using the below link:
zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArf-Csrj4iGdd5ikHmb2jbYrD7VOA1UUCN

DETAILS:
Online Advice Sessions: Educating students with Down syndrome 8.00-9.00 pm (GMT), Monday 1st June to Thursday 4th June 2020

Dr Kelly Burgoyne, University of Manchester, is hosting a series of online advice sessions designed to support parents and practitioners educating student(s) with Down syndrome at
home and/or in school during the coronavirus pandemic. Each 1-hour session focuses on a key topic and is presented by an expert in the field (see session details below). Each session
begins with a presentation followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions. Attendees can post questions to the presenters before the event (using the Question and Comments box on
registration) and in real time during the event.
There are 300 places available for each of the live sessions; please only register for those you can attend. Sessions will be recorded and recordings will be shared on social media the week after the live events. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure participant cameras and microphones are not in use during the live session, we are unable to guarantee that
participants will not be visible/audible during the recording. By registering for the live session you consent to the session being recorded and shared. Details of how to access
recordings will be shared via email and social media the week after the live events.

Session details are below.
Monday 1st June 8.00-9.00 PM: Supporting Literacy Development. Dr Kelly Burgoyne, University of Manchester

Tuesday 2nd June 8.00-9.00 PM: Promoting Language Learning. Rebecca Baxter, LETS Go!, University College London

Wednesday 3rd June 8.00-9.00 PM: Pre-School Intervention: Early Language and Communication. Professor Vesna Stojanovik, University of Reading

Thursday 4th June 8.00-9.00 PM: Developing Number and Math Skills. Dr Jo Van Herwegen, University College London

Please direct any queries to Kelly.Burgoyne@manchester.ac.uk

You can register for these sessions via the link:
zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArf-Csrj4iGdd5ikHmb2jbYrD7VOA1UUCN

GDPR
In order to register for the live sessions, we will need to collect information that could identify you, called “personal identifiable information”. Specifically we will need to collect:
 Your first name
 Your email address
The legal basis for this is that it is “a public interest task” and “necessary for the pursuit of
the legitimate interests of the University (i.e. PPIE)”. We will only use this information to
contact you with further details about the sessions.
Your participation in this research will be recorded in Zoom and your personal data will be
processed by Zoom. This may mean that your personal data is transferred to a country outside
of the European Economic Area, some of which have not yet been determined by the
European Commission to have an adequate level of data protection. Appropriate legal
mechanisms to ensure these transfers are compliant with the UK General Data Protection
Regulation are in place. The recordings will be removed from the above third party platform and stored on University of Manchester managed file storage as soon as possible following the live sessions.
All personal data is held and processed by The University of Manchester strictly in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act
2018. You have the right to withdraw your consent up until the time of recording, by cancelling your registration to the live session.
For further information about Data Protection at the University visit:https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/privacy-information/data-protection.
To find out more about your different rights or the way we use your personal information to
ensure we follow the law, please visit our PPIE Privacy Notice:
documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=43063.

Please register using the below link:
zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArf-Csrj4iGdd5ikHmb2jbYrD7VOA1UUCN
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Lámh Sign......Free and Open Access to Lámh Signs Online extended to Aug 2020

Lámh is extending free of charge access to Lámh Signs Online www.lamhsigns.org until the end of August 2020!

Since 31st March, Lámh has been offering free and open access to Lámh Signs Online as Lámh users and families are at home, users’ routines are changed, school is closed, staff members are working in different areas, and Lámh training courses are on hold for the moment.

So you can apply by going to www.lamhsigns.org and putting in the code 'lovelamh'.
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