About LDS

Our voluntary association was formed on the 7th of march 1995 to provide support to families with children with Down Syndrome. We currently represent over 60 families throughout county Laois. We are working on setting up a forum for all disabilities to address how we can ensure all individuals can access consistent services, support and education. We are currently focusing on the area of speech, language & communication and hope to set up an independent facility to provide this much needed service.

We intend to set out a long term plan which will allow our children integrate into mainstream education & employment and provide them with the independence they require in their adult years.

We also want to work on area’s where our association can provide better support for our elderly members.

Mission Statement.

People experience many great things and also face many challenges throughout their lives. People with Down syndrome are no different, but may need a little extra help and support along the way. Laois Down Syndrome’s 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