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Providing support & information about Downs Syndrome in the Essex & North East London area


Four special lives

This 40-minute documentary could be of interest to anyone who has, or knows someone who has, Down Syndrome.
Four Special Lives tells the stories of four people who, in the 1960s, were among the first primary school age children in the UK to go to a special school.
The programme follows the four people over a period of more than 40 years. They are now in their 50s.The documentary was made for the now defunct Teachers TV channel and has so far been seen by only a very limited audience.

It is now available for download, as a rental or purchase, here:

More News & Media

Considering recent developments and guidelines provided by the Government, to protect our Members we have decided to suspend the charities programme for the time being.

DSE21 are pleased to hear about a group that has recently started in the Colchester area for families with young children.

On the 6th April 2019 DSE21 held an bike riding session at Just Ride Southend. Just Ride are a charity who specialise in inclusive bike riding using a running track to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience bike riding in a safe and secure environment.

Event Video

A big thank you to Ruby Tibbs and her friends Maisie Harrison and Katie Johnson who ran a second hand handbag stall at the Rise Park fun day to celebrate its 80th anniversary.