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1 PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME AND A WORKING LIFE

2 1. WORKING WITH DOWNS SYNDROME A General Understanding

3 WHAT IS DOWNS SYNDROME? Downs syndrome is a major genetic disorder. Downs syndrome is the most visual chromosome anomaly. The overall incidence occurs in about one in 700 births.

4 WHAT CAUSES DOWNS SYNDROME? Downs syndrome is caused by the presence, in the maternal ovum or the fertilizing sperm, of an extra chromosome number 21. Thus, every cell in the body of an individual with Downs syndrome has 47 chromosomes instead of the normal 46. In about a quarter of cases, the extra chromosome comes from the father.

5 USEFUL THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DOWNS SYNDROME Congenital disorders such as heart and inner ear defects are common and there is a special susceptibility to Leukaemia Congenital disorders such as heart and inner ear defects are common and there is a special susceptibility to Leukaemia Life expectancy has increased and many persons with Downs syndrome live reasonably long and full lives There is always some degree of mental defect, but this need not be severe and many people with Downs syndrome are able to engage in normal work and employment There is always some degree of mental defect, but this need not be severe and many people with Downs syndrome are able to engage in normal work and employment There is slow physical development and muscle power may be weak There is slow physical development and muscle power may be weak

6 2. WHY EMPLOY PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME?

7 ? WHY EMPLOY PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME? Persons with Downs syndrome like to work, just like every one else. Persons with Downs syndrome like to work, just like every one else. Persons with Downs syndrome can be methodical and thorough in their approach to work duties and responsibilities. Persons with Downs syndrome can be methodical and thorough in their approach to work duties and responsibilities. Persons with Downs syndrome generally try to do their best. Persons with Downs syndrome generally try to do their best.

8 2.1 THE BENEFITS OF HAVING PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME IN YOUR COMPANY 2.1 THE BENEFITS OF HAVING PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME IN YOUR COMPANY

9 Access to a committed labor pool. Access to a committed labor pool. Employees with Downs syndrome can be an effective part of your team and an asset to your company Employees with Downs syndrome can be an effective part of your team and an asset to your company Free advice and support during recruitment and selection. Free advice and support during recruitment and selection. Access to information on financial incentives available. Access to information on financial incentives available. Additional training can be provided by a Job Coach. Additional training can be provided by a Job Coach. Ongoing advice and support provided by a Job Coach. Ongoing advice and support provided by a Job Coach. Enhanced public image as an equal opportunities employer. Enhanced public image as an equal opportunities employer. THE BENEFITS OF HAVING PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME IN YOUR COMPANY

10 2.2 THE BENEFITS OF A WORKING LIFE FOR PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME

11 The Benefits of a Working Life for Persons with Downs Syndrome Opportunity to earn a wage. Opportunity to earn a wage. More chance to socialise and meet new people. More chance to socialise and meet new people. Access to additional learning in the work place. Access to additional learning in the work place. Possible increase in self confidence. Possible increase in self confidence. Integration into the community...having equal opportunities. Integration into the community...having equal opportunities. Being connected/ being part of the work force. Being connected/ being part of the work force. Increased independence through participating economically in society. Increased independence through participating economically in society.

12 3 HOW CAN WE SUPPORT PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT

13 HOW CAN WE SUPPORT PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT? By matching the skills of the individual to the demands of the task or job By matching the skills of the individual to the demands of the task or job Introduction to co-workers and supervisors Introduction to co-workers and supervisors Agree co-worker mentor support Agree co-worker mentor support Workplace induction, orientation and training opportunities Workplace induction, orientation and training opportunities On-going on and off the job support by placement agency (job coach) On-going on and off the job support by placement agency (job coach) Workplace adaptation (if necessary) Workplace adaptation (if necessary) On-going review of employee and role On-going review of employee and role

14 Towards a Working Life 3.1 Recruitment of Persons with Downs syndrome

15 Recruitment of Persons with Downs Syndrome Disseminate Flyers and Brochures to NGOs, Education Centers and Service Providers of Persons with Downs syndrome. Disseminate Flyers and Brochures to NGOs, Education Centers and Service Providers of Persons with Downs syndrome. Advertisements placed in Newspapers or Magazines which are dedicated /aimed at disabled people. Advertisements placed in Newspapers or Magazines which are dedicated /aimed at disabled people. Liaison and cooperation with Employment Agencies and Service Provider Institutions for persons with disabilities. Liaison and cooperation with Employment Agencies and Service Provider Institutions for persons with disabilities. Supported Employment operates nationally. If you would like details of a service in your area please see the contact page: IASE Ltd. (Irish Association of Supported Employment) Muing, Belmullet, Co. Mayo Tel: Fax: Supported Employment operates nationally. If you would like details of a service in your area please see the contact page: IASE Ltd. (Irish Association of Supported Employment) Muing, Belmullet, Co. Mayo Tel: Fax:

16 Job Advertising Use Business Advertisements which: Are easy to read Are easy to read Are welcoming to persons with disabilities Are welcoming to persons with disabilities Have clear and specific job descriptions Have clear and specific job descriptions Are accessible to persons with disabilities who have Downs syndrome Are accessible to persons with disabilities who have Downs syndrome

17 JOB INTERVIEW JOB INTERVIEW Make the person at ease Make the person at ease Discussions should be simple and clear Discussions should be simple and clear Use short, simple and easy questions Use short, simple and easy questions Check understanding and clarity Check understanding and clarity Allow for a support advocate or mentor Allow for a support advocate or mentor

18 3.2 Integration to the Work Place

19 Integration to the Work Place The job tasks should be explained in detail to workers with Downs Syndrome so as to support integration in the work place. The job tasks should be explained in detail to workers with Downs Syndrome so as to support integration in the work place. Sufficient time and practice should be given to them in order to get used to their jobs. Sufficient time and practice should be given to them in order to get used to their jobs. Tasks should be closely monitored initially. If they miss some points in relation to their job, these points should be reminded to them. If there is an unclear situation with the job, this should be re-explained to them. Tasks should be closely monitored initially. If they miss some points in relation to their job, these points should be reminded to them. If there is an unclear situation with the job, this should be re-explained to them. Co-workers should provide support. Co-workers may be trained about people with disability. Co-workers should provide support. Co-workers may be trained about people with disability. A job coach may facilitate integration to the workplace and to the job. A job coach may facilitate integration to the workplace and to the job.(

20 Integration to the Work Place Employers may need to facilitate some changes so as to integrate people with Down Syndrome in the work place. Such changes will provide support and increase the efficiency of the worker. Employers may need to facilitate some changes so as to integrate people with Down Syndrome in the work place. Such changes will provide support and increase the efficiency of the worker. Take necessary measures to assure health and safety. Take necessary measures to assure health and safety. If necessary, re-design the work place to make it easier to do the job. If necessary, re-design the work place to make it easier to do the job. Working hours should be arranged and agreed to suit both the employer and the employee. Working hours should be arranged and agreed to suit both the employer and the employee.

21 3.3 SOCIAL INTERACTION OF PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME IN THE WORK PLACE

22 Social Interaction in the Work Place Social Interaction is an important factor for persons with Downs syndrome in the work place. Social Interaction is an important factor for persons with Downs syndrome in the work place. Communicating and getting to know other workers should be facilitated and supported. Communicating and getting to know other workers should be facilitated and supported. Co-workers should view persons with Downs Syndrome the same as they would any other worker. Co-workers should view persons with Downs Syndrome the same as they would any other worker. Workers with Downs syndrome should be included in all workplace social interaction where practical and possible. Workers with Downs syndrome should be included in all workplace social interaction where practical and possible.

23 THE EUROPEAN SUCCESS STORIES OF PERSONS WITH DOWNS SYNDROME

24 Success in Working Life for Persons with Downs Syndrome The successful stories of Persons with Downs Syndrome The successful stories of Persons with Downs Syndrome Catriona Daly Catriona Daly Norita Hedigan Norita HediganIRELAND:

25 Success in Working Life for Persons with Downs Syndrome My name is Catriona Daly I am 33 years old. I am 33 years old. I live in Mallow, Co. Cork Ireland. I live in an apartment with my two friends, Norita and Eileen. I live in Mallow, Co. Cork Ireland. I live in an apartment with my two friends, Norita and Eileen. I work in the Town Hall office one afternoon a week I work in the Town Hall office one afternoon a week I go to Drama Club on Tuesday evenings I go to Drama Club on Tuesday evenings I go to town for a meal or to the cinema I go to town for a meal or to the cinema I watch television in the evenings. I watch television in the evenings. My name is Norita Hedigan I am 42 years old. I am 42 years old. I live in Mallow, Co. Cork Ireland. I live in an apartment with my two friends, Katie and Eileen. I stay there on my own at the weekends. I live in Mallow, Co. Cork Ireland. I live in an apartment with my two friends, Katie and Eileen. I stay there on my own at the weekends. I go to the training centre when I am not at work. I go to the training centre when I am not at work. I work in a restaurant 3 mornings a week I work in a restaurant 3 mornings a week I like go to town for a meal or to the cinema. I like go to town for a meal or to the cinema. I watch television in the evenings. I watch television in the evenings.

26 Success in Working Life for Persons with Downs Syndrome I am really good at computers, sport, drama, dancing, housework, minding my nieces and nephews. I am really good at computers, sport, drama, dancing, housework, minding my nieces and nephews. I need support in using transport, cooking, living independently, and in buying clothes. I need support in using transport, cooking, living independently, and in buying clothes. I am really good at being Independent, computers, sport, working, knitting, being a good friend. I am really good at being Independent, computers, sport, working, knitting, being a good friend. I need support in using transport, going to see my boyfriend, and in living independently. I need support in using transport, going to see my boyfriend, and in living independently.

27 FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT DOWNS SYNDROME

28 For further Information on Downs Syndrome in Ireland please contact: Down Syndrome Ireland Down Syndrome Ireland Citylink Business Park Citylink Business Park Old Naas Road Old Naas Road Dublin 2, Ireland. Dublin 2, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0) / Tel: +353 (0) / Website: Website:

29 For further Information on Supported Employment in Ireland please contact: Supported Employment Programs which support persons with disabilities in the workplace operate nationally. Supported Employment Programs which support persons with disabilities in the workplace operate nationally. If you would like details of a service in your area please see the contact; If you would like details of a service in your area please see the contact; IASE Ltd. (Irish Association of Supported Employment) Muing, Belmullet, Co. Mayo IASE Ltd. (Irish Association of Supported Employment) Muing, Belmullet, Co. Mayo Tel: Fax: Tel: Fax:

30 For Further information on this Educational Set for Employers: Please contact: Please contact: Michael Barrett COPE Foundation Cork Cork Ireland Ireland (0)


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