The Together Academy is an initiative of The Down Syndrome Centre.
The Down Syndrome Centre (DSC) is based in Cabinteely, Co. Dublin. It opened in 2014 to provide essential therapies and support services for babies and children with Down syndrome and their families. The centre’s mission is to provide these services and facilities to enable children with Ds to:
- have the same opportunities in life as their peers,
- feel included in society and
- enable them to reach their full potential.
The DSC now supports over 200 families per week by providing a wide range of early intervention services.
The DSC is an independent charity, established by Peter and Mary Gaw who have two children with Down syndrome, now 18 and 21. It is self-funding and does not rely on any state support.
The DSC’s vision is to create a network of family focused centres for parents of the children availing of the services. The centre is a place for parents to meet, get information and advice, make friends and build support networks and communities. Its core ethos embraces Positivity – to create a brighter future where children with Ds are ‘Able2’ reach their full potential and live as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.
The model has been so successful that three new centres have opened under The Down Syndrome Centre umbrella including DSC Cork, DSC Midlands and DSC North East.
The DSC is now developing support for young adults in employment, life and personal skills. The aim is to enrich the lives of these young people, ensuring they reach their full potential and enjoy valuable and purposeful days doing paid, satisfying work as a very real and visible part of their local community.This initiative is called The Together Academy.