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Feasibility study being carried out on ‘Field of Dreams’ for Laois Down Syndrome

The ‘Field of Dreams’ for Laois Down Syndrome has come a step closer as Laois County Council is now carrying out a study to see if the project is feasible.

Back in August 2018, the Local Authority agreed to give the branch land in Abbeyleix.

This land will be used as a sheltered employment training centre of excellence for adult members of Laois Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI).

This model is similar to the highly popular Cork branch’s ‘Field of Dreams’.

Speaking to Midlands 103, PRO of the Laois branch of Down Syndrome Ireland says there’ll be 12 independent living homes, a horticulture facility and a coffee shop staffed by students.

Michael Gorman believes it will help people with the condition gain employment.

He said: “Our aim is that our adults with intellectual difficulties get the same opportunities as everybody else in terms of going out there and being able to hold down a job.

“That in turn has a huge positive effect in terms of mental health and well-being.

“It will remove a lot of pressure from the HSE because we will dealing with the issue before it arises.

“Everyone needs that structure around their lives and people with Down Syndrome by in large don’t have that.”

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