DSI, assisted by a crack team of highly trained commandos, will be storming the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on January 14th with an Information Day for grandparents of kids with Down Syndrome. It’ll be like the SAS storming the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980. Only with possibly less balaclavas. And more cake. But the crack commando unit will be there.
Obviously there’s a steep curve of learning for new parents dealing with Down syndrome. Not much thought is left over, at least initially, for the parents’ parents, who are struggling to cope with the information from an entirely different perspective. Possibly they feel slightly more useless, although I don’t think anyone could’ve out-uselessed how useless I felt when I first was coming to terms with my new status as a Downs dad.
Here are the details, with thanks to Nan P, most secret, deep-cover grandmére of all.
DOWN SYNDROME IRELAND GRANDPARENTS INFORMATION DAY
14th January 2009, 10.30am – 3.30pm
The Trinity Room.
The Gresham Hotel,
May Gannon – Counsellor.
Joan Murphy – Clinical Co-ordinator.
Grainne Murphy – Independence Officer.
Pascale Claes – Grandmother.
ALL GRANDPARENTS WHO HAVE A GRANDCHILD WITH DOWN SYNDROME ARE WELCOME.
On yer bike! Phone the National Office on 01 4266500
or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your place! Vroom vroom!