About The Down Syndrome Centre


Children with Down syndrome have a valuable role to play in society and have so much to offer provided they are given the right opportunities and supports to thrive. They can show us the importance of patience, understanding, acceptance and diversity and they are capable of so much more than people might imagine.


The Down Syndrome Centre, based in Cabinteely, Co. Dublin, opened in 2014 with the aim of addressing the increased cuts and lack of accessibility to relevant services for children with Down syndrome. Our mission is to provide services and facilities to enable children with Down syndrome to have the same opportunities in life as their peers, to feel included in society and to enable them to reach their full potential.


We now support over 200 families per week by providing a wide range of early intervention services including SKIP (Special Kids Intervention Programme) and Triona’s Tots and vital services such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy – you can read more about our services here


Our vision was also to create a family focussed centre for parents of the children using the Service. The centre is a place for parents to meet, get information and advice, make friends and build support networks and communities. Our dual focus on both parents and children has created a unique model that is both empowering families and better supporting their children than could be achieved by early intervention services alone.


Our core ethos embraces Positivity – to create a brighter future where children with Down syndrome are ‘Able2’ reach their full potential and live as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.


The centre has also created several awareness campaigns, which aim to promote inclusion, acceptance and an understanding that having Down syndrome is just a part of a person, it does not define them.


We currently provide services for children from birth to pre-teens and are working on rolling out the next phase – to extend services to 13-18 year olds. Our long term goal is to provide services to people with Down syndrome from birth to independent / supported living.


100% of our funding comes through fundraising.



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