Down Syndrome Australia sincerely welcomes Jackie Softly as the Acting CEO as we farewell our inaugural CEO, Catherine McAlpine today.
Jackie has extensive experience in the disability sector and has been a Director of Down Syndrome Australia since its inception in 2011. Down Syndrome Australia also thanks Catherine McAlpine for her contribution and warmly wishes her all the best for the future…
The recent ill-informed and anti-choice comments by Richard Dawkins, directing prospective parents who have a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome to terminate the pregnancy, are an unfortunate reflection of the attitudes of many medical professionals in Australia. Expectant parents receiving a diagnosis of Down syndrome have traditionally been offered little in the way of relevent, up-to-date, evidence based information and co-ordinated support at this time of heightened emotional vulnerability.
Down Syndrome Australia is pleased to address this issue with the launch today of two support resources;
- Down Syndrome Australia pre and post natal information line 1300 881 935
- Prenatal testing for Down syndrome fact sheet.
DSA would like to emphasise that our comment on The Dreamhouse, currently screening on the ABC, is not critical of the individuals and families who chose to take part, and we hope our revised release conveys this, while still reflecting our concerns.