Category Archives: WorkFit Team

Meet our new EDO for the North West of England … Fran Austin

Fran is our new Employment Development Officer for the North West. She joined the DSA earlier this month and tells us about her career so far and her hopes for the future with WorkFit. After graduating from University in 2012 I started working as a Teaching Assistant in a Special Educational Needs High School in […]

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Tom- Project Administrator

I joined the Down’s Syndrome Association in April 2017 and am Administrator for the WorkFit team. I am based at the Langdon Down Centre and support the team with a wide range of duties include processing new registrations from candidates and employers, updating Twitter, writing newsletters and blogs, compiling statistics and responding to email enquiries. […]

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5 ways to be a better workplace ally to your colleague with Down’s syndrome

This article was first published on the totaljobs Inside Job website on 14 March 2017. The Down’s Syndrome Association WorkFit programme gives advice on how employees can better support a work colleague with Down’s syndrome. By Veronica Mulenga, Employment Development Manager In the past decade, societal and workplace attitudes towards individuals with Down’s syndrome have made positive […]

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Alison Thwaite wins award as Learning & Skills Champion

We are delighted to announce that Alison Thwaite, WorkFit Employment Development Officer (North) has won a Highly Commended Award as Learning and Skills Champion at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Skills for Business Awards. As the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, the awards are very highly regarded within the business community across the region, giving both Alison and […]

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Meet our new EDO for North England- Alison Thwaite

My niece Olivia was born in 2006. One of fraternal triplets, she was diagnosed as having Down’s syndrome very soon after her birth. From the first moment I saw her I knew that she would change my life, but I had no way of knowing that my wish to gain a better understanding of her […]

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World Down’s Syndrome Day “Right to Work” Conference 2013

The conference was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to raise awareness of employment issues for people with Down’s syndrome. It provided an opportunity for those with Down’s syndrome to share their employment expectations and experiences and show how it relates to their fundamental human rights. There were presentations from people with […]

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