Adult support

Discrimination and bullying

Adults with Down’s syndrome should be entitled to the same rights as those without the condition; Government legislation actively fights against discrimination but some people are still subjected to bullying and inequality throughout their lives; if you feel you are being treated unfairly do not hesitate to seek help from the relevant authorities. You may find it beneficial to talk to your employer or Citizen’s Advice; you should also try to talk through problems with friends and relatives who will be able to offer you advice and support.

Employment

Many adults with Down’s syndrome are able to work; this given them a sense of independence and achievement. If you want to look for work there are several options available; you can search online through job sites, look for jobs in local newspapers and magazines, register with a recruitment agency or contact your local job centre. Employers are forbidden from discriminating against people on the grounds of sex, age, disability or race.

Financial support

If you are not able to work you may be frightened about running out of money; however, there is financial support out there. You can contact your local authority or go on the Government’s DirectGov website for details of all the benefits available to you. Generally, people with special needs are entitled to weekly payments to help out with general living costs; you will be entitles to more if you are unable to work.

Emotional support

If you are struggling to cope, do not suffer in silence; there is plenty of support and help out there to help you life a long and happy life. Try to spend as much time as possible with friends and relatives and surround yourself with people who care about you. If you need advice with practical advice consult your local authority. There are plenty of websites with chat forums where you can talk to other people with Down’s syndrome and meet new friends. If you need to talk to somebody but don’t want to see anyone face-to-face you can contact the Down’s Syndrome Association; charities such as the Samaritans also run 24 hour telephone lines where you can talk confidentially to someone.