FURTHER RESOURCES & ADVICE
There is large and wonderful community of people whose lives have been touched by Down's Syndrome who provide support. Here are just a few of the amazing organisations to explore.
Shine21 Dorset is a buddy club supporting children/teens and young adults in Dorset who have Down Syndrome. Run by Tara Gool and Liz Chilton, Shine21 organises amazing events attended by families from all across Dorset.
PARENTS CARERS TOGETHER
Parent Carers Together is a forum set up to represent the voices of Parent Carers of children and young people (0-25 years) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP). They do this by gathering the views of local families and then working in partnership with local authorities, education settings, health providers and other providers (like yourself) to highlight where local services, processes and commissioners are working well or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.
POSITIVE ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME
Positive About Down Syndrome is a national charity which has a number of very active social media groups, provides education and training for parents and professionals and organises events.
DOWN'S SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
The Down's Syndrome Association is a national organisation, committed to improving quality of life for people who have Down’s syndrome, promoting their right to be included on a full and equal basis with others.
DOWN SYNDROME EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL,
SEE & LEARN
See and Learn teaching programmes provide evidence-based activities, guidance and support to help children with Down syndrome improve their speech, language, reading and numeracy skills.