Tomorrow Down Syndrome Ireland is inviting the nation to join them for Ireland’s biggest street dance in order to help raise vital funds to enable DSI to provide online courses for their members as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 crisis has adversely affected all face to face services provided by DSI and as a result, the way in which these services are provided has had to change dramatically.

No matter where you live across the country, Dance4DSI is the way to reconnect with your neighbours at a safe distance and dancing is a fantastic way to make you feel good.

Dance4DSI will take place at 3pm on June 21st, coinciding with the summer solstice. The number 21 also carries a special meaning as Down syndrome occurs when there is one extra copy of chromosome 21 in cells in the body. DSI are encouraging everyone to get involved by donating what they can through downsydrome.ie. Then share photos or video on social media of their family and neighbours dancing in the street to their favourite summer song, using the hashtag #Dance4DSI.

Adrian and Aoife Doherty from Ballina in Co. Mayo whose three-year-old son Louis has Down syndrome, have experienced first-hand the benefits of DSI’s online services.

Adrian and Aoife have been learning how to teach Louis Lámh through online Zoom calls with Olive Buckeridge at DSI.

Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland.

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