About Us


Down syndrome Ireland “Laois Branch” was established on the 7th of March 1995. We are the Principle Organisation supporting families of people with Down Syndrome in Laois. The Laois Branch operates under the umbrella of Down Syndrome Ireland which has 25 Branches throughout the Country.

We currently represent over 60 families throughout county Laois. We have adopted a “Cradle to Grave Philosophy” whereby our members are supported throughout their lifetime. In support of this policy we have extended our therapeutic services to include not only Speech and Language and Occupational Therapies but also now Chiropody, Reflexology, Physiotherapy, Yoga, Swimming, Music & Cycling. These services are available at greatly reduced rates for all our members.

We run a range of social events such as Summer camps, Outings and Parties throughout the year to help build up lifelong friendships between our members. We also support our members by providing a number of educational talks and resources for families on issues such as Health & Wellbeing, Dressing Skills, Practical Tips for School Age Children & Numeracy.

New Clinics will commence shortly supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing.

If you would like to become a member of our branch you can be guaranteed a warm and sincere welcome. You will find further information about becoming a member under the membership section.

Our Mission Statement


Laois Down Syndromes goal is to help people with Down syndrome make their own futures as bright and independent as possible by providing them with education, support and friendship every step of the way.

Laois Down Syndrome promotes inclusion, equality and choices for people with Down syndrome and their families.

We also promote the rights of all people with an intellectual disability in Ireland to ensure their full and equal participation in society.

 

Our Headquarters


All services are facilitated from one central location. The Laois Down Syndrome Family Centre, Gort Na Noir, Abbeyleix is an excellent facility which comprises of three meeting rooms and one large conference room. Providing our services from one central location ensures consistency in services for all our members.

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"BREAKING NEWS" Laois County Council and Laois Public Participation Network have informed us that Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" has been nominated for the Laois Community and Voluntary Awards 2017 in the "social inclusion" category. The awards ceremony will take place in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise on Tuesday the 17th of October at 7.30pm.

It is such an honour to have all the great work done by our Branch for our nearly sixty families in Laois recognised in this way. Huge thanks to everyone involved for this achievement, from our very hard working management committee, to our loyal and dedicated membership and to the general public in Laois for their loyal support for Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" over the last twenty two years and without whom we could not have succeeded. We are so so proud of our Branch and all its achievements to date and those to come.
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"We can't afford to buy clothes or go to the cinema. We need more money." Listen to Margaret and Marie, who use our services, talk about their struggles as Rehab Group calls on the Government to incre...

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2017 HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS TRAINING Thousands of teachers, occupational therapists, educational specialists, and parents rely on our Handwriting Without Tears workshops for the strategies and to...

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Our Tour de Leinster 2017 Champions! What an amazing bunch of people who took on 600km over 4 days and never waivered in their focus on the finish line. We are so grateful for your commitment and your...

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CONGRATULATIONS Griffin!!! This awesome young man just passed his driving test and is now a licensed driver!! Way to go Griffin! #NoLimits #nothingdown #changingperceptions

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Noreen DonnellyWell done, safe driving

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Yvonne Mc SweeneyWell done ...thats a great achievment

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Build it ..and they WILL come ... A historic day today for Down Syndrome Cork as we welcome our first intake of adults in the Field of Dreams....seen here attending induction this morning as they emb...

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The Tour De Leinster Cycle in Aid of all Down Syndrome Ireland Leinster Branches arrived in Portlaoise Parish Centre to a rapturous welcome from Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" members and the general public. Our thanks to the public for their generous donations to this great event. Our thanks also to all the wonderful cyclists taking part and raising valuable funds for the benefit of all our children and adults with DS.
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The Tour De Leinster Cycle in Aid of all Down Syndrome Ireland Leinster Branches arrived in Portlaoise Parish Centre to a rapturous welcome from Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch members and the general public.  Our thanks to the public for their generous donations to this great event.  Our thanks also to all the wonderful cyclists taking part and raising valuable funds for the benefit of all our children and adults with DS.

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Denise O'Flynn MccormackGood man Jake😉

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Bernadette DunneAntoinette Lawlor is that jake?

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Day 3 kicks off with a great welcome from our #DownSyndromeLaois branch in #Portlaoise! Thank you everyone for your support. Now on to #Tullamore! #ShareTheJourney #tourdeleinster

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Siobhan ReynoldsLovely picture Jake!!!!!

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Calling all members of Down Syndrome Ireland "Laois Branch" please be at the Parish Centre Portlaoise at 10AM tomorrow morning Saturday to welcome in the Tour De Leinster cyclists for their stop off on their 4 day journey to help support all our membership in the Leinster region. These wonderful people deserve our fullest support. Please can all members and their families turn up at the Parish Centre at 10AM to show our support. ... See MoreSee Less