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It is thought that arthritis is six times more common in children with Down’s Syndrome than in healthy children. Despite this, the time it takes to for them to be diagnosed is considerably longer. Arthritis Research UK is now funding […]

Another helpful film from the USA: Ana Maria Miyares has been by Andys side his entire life. Her 25-year-old son has Down syndrome and, though dependent on Ana Maria and her husband, Carlos, hes achieved a great deal. But now […]


From infancy to adulthood, this 2008 video showcases individuals with Down’s syndrome living their lives to the fullest and doing things “not thought possible”. This is for anyone who wants a current, accurate look at Down’s syndrome today. Produced by […]


The event is held on 5th May at Buckmore Park just off junction 3 of the M2. Registration starts from 8.30am and the event finishes with awards at 4.30pm.

An uplifting video from a US parent about her feelings for her daughter with Down’s syndrome. “Our daughter is adored and it is her down syndrome that uniquely has changed our lives for the better.” [jwplayer mediaid=”337″]


On Tuesday 3rd April 2012 a cookery session has been arranged at Waitrose Southend for ages up to 16. If you think your child would like to have a go, contact Paula Blakey on 01277 211625

A free transition guide offering advice to young people with Down Syndrome is available to download from Mencap’s website.

Jack Bell is the first young person with Down’s Syndrome to achieve a BTEC in Public Services qualification within the whole Sea Cadet Corps.

“I attended the funeral of a patient today.  I looked around at all the people in the church: his family, friends, people from where he lived for more than 30 years, people from the nursing home that was home for […]