Grace O’Brien (12) and Katelyn Harrington (11), from Pouladuff Road, Cork. Katelyn’s book, My Friend Grace,  is up for an Aldi Foróige youth citizenship award on Saturday. Photograph: Michael O’Sullivan

Katelyn Harrington (11) from Cork city wants everyone to know her best friend Grace O’Brien (12) is “just like everyone else, but funnier”. Grace, w(...)

Professional golfer Pádraig Harrington with Special Olympians Mark Claffey and Andrew Simington and  Phyl Kelleher, who will play with Andrew in the Alternate Shot event

Commitment, teamwork, courage and skilfulness will be what are required by Ireland’s Special Olympians when they walk out on a global stage at the Spe(...)

Donnchadh Gibson (4).

The 21 Faces campaign has a very simple goal – to celebrate the uniqueness of children with Down syndrome. Now in its third year, the campaign – whic(...)

The issue of disability, especially the issue of disability birth rates, was one of the most hotly-contested battlegrounds during the abortion referendum campaign.

In May, 2018, Ireland held an historic referendum, repealing an anti-abortion amendment to our Constitution. (Full disclosure right out of the gate: I(...)

Early intervention is vital for children with special needs. With funding cuts,  children with Down syndrome fall further and further behind with lifelong repercussions for levels of independence.

Irish people are generally warm and open to people with disabilities. Our State? Not so much. Recently, I was contacted by the Louth/Meath branch of (...)

David O’Brien, with his father Peter. Aged 37, David was the first person with Down syndrome in Ireland to complete the Applied Leaving Certificate.

Every day is different in David O’Brien’s part-time job as an operative at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, just a 10-minute walk fr(...)

Ross O’Neill at his desk at the Down Syndrome Ireland  offices in Ballymount, where he works as junior administrator

Ross O’Neill has to take three buses to travel from his family home in Clondalkin to his workplace in Ballymount four mornings a week. But that piecem(...)

Aisling Coyle (22) plays with Fiadh Mooney (3) at Jungle Den, Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Aisling Coyle enjoys working with children at Jungle Den play centre in Naas, Co Kildare, “just ’cos they’re cute”. She does Play-Doh and other arts a(...)

Integrating adults with Down syndrome into the employment community not only makes a huge difference to them as individuals, it is also much more cost-efficient for the State. Photograph: iStock

Giving children with Down syndrome the opportunity to go to mainstream schools, by providing the right supports, is what works best for them, accordin(...)

1) Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is hosting its annual conference in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk on April 6th and 7th. The theme is independent living(...)

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