We believe that by empowering their families we will enable children or young people to have the opportunity to achieve their potential, in every aspect of their life.
DS Achieve is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation formed by parents of children with Down Syndrome. We empower the families of children and young people with Down Syndrome to enable them to fulfil their potential, whatever that may be - and it will be different for every child or young person.
Potential may be centred on education, social inclusion, sporting achievement, personal happiness, good health and wellbeing, or other personal family goals. All families' goals are different and our aim is to support those goals in whatever way we can, while having fun and making new friends along the way!
We are currently focusing on families in and around Hertfordshire.
We provide educational and training programmes for families, children and professionals.
We provide an early years intervention programme called 'Little Achievers', and training for parents and carers on topics like SEN law, school and the EHCP process. We also hold family events and run a closed Facebook group, both of which provide a forum for families to share information and advice with one another.
Our own experience as parents has taught us that the best advisers are mostly other parents who have experienced similar situations.
For more information on our current services and activities, please see our What we do page.
We are affiliated to the national Down's Syndrome Association.
We are entirely funded by grants and donations including those from the National Lottery, Aviva, Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
"As a parent, you want to feel confident that you are doing everything you can to help your child progress."
Bobby, Dad to Scarlett