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ACTDSA New Patron – Welcome Commissioner Georgeina Whelan

The ACTDSA Committee and staff are excited announce that Commissioner Georgeina Whelan has been appointed as the new Patron of the ACT Down Syndrome Association.   Georgeina Whelan graduated from Officer Training into the Australian Army in June 1988. As an Army Officer Brigadier Whelan deployed to East Timor in… Read More

Valentine Holmes joins Down Syndrome Australia as ambassador

Australian Rugby League star Valentine Holmes joins Down Syndrome Australia as ambassador October 19, 2020 Down Syndrome Australia is pleased to welcome Australian Rugby League star Valentine Holmes as an ambassador for Down Syndrome Australia. Holmes’ older sister April has Down syndrome and she has always been a big… Read More

WA Newsletter October 2020

Our eNews is out! Read about the latest Down Syndrome WA events and updates here. You can read our eNews online here. Read our latest Newsletter online… Read More

Submission to the Royal Commission on Employment

Our submission to the Royal Commission on Employment October 8, 2020 This week Down Syndrome Australia provided the Disability Royal Commission with a submission on Employment. We believe it is critical that the Royal Commission acknowledge that segregation of people with disability is a violation of the UNCRPD and… Read More

Health Ambassador Position

We’re hiring! Down Syndrome Australia is very excited to announce we are recruiting a number of casual Health Ambassadors to assist in the implementation of our new ILC grant ‘Improving health outcomes for people with Down syndrome through improved communication with Health professionals’. The Health Ambassadors will help doctors… Read More

Submission on the Disability Standards for Education

Our submission on the Disability Standards for Education September 18, 2020 This week Down Syndrome Australia provided the Department of Education, Skills and Employment with a submission on the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education. The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Standards) seek to ensure… Read More

Independent Assessments and the NDIS’ new Functional Capacity Framework

Note: this article is about recent changes to the NDIS for participants 7 years and older. There is a separate process being considered for Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) participants aged 0-6 years. Consistency! Equity! Holistic whole-of-person approach! A focus on function rather than diagnosis and less financial burden… Read More

Down Syndrome NSW AGM

Down Syndrome NSW’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 25 October 2020 at 11:00am Keynote Address Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter AM Medicine, Northern Clinical School, Centre for Disability Studies University of Sydney   “40 years on: Much Achieved, Much to be done! Challenges ahead for people with Down syndrome… Read More

Positions available Down Syndrome NSW

Down Syndrome NSW currently has two part time positions available  Participation and skills program lead In this role, you will lead a range of well-established innovative programs for people with Down syndrome and as well as having the scope to design new programs. These programs work with people from age… Read More

We’re looking for photos – and there’s a prize!

This year we had the cameras ready to capture some great photos of our Down syndrome community, but unfortunately COVID-19 had other plans for us in Victoria!  Although we have had to postpone our photoshoot, we’re hoping you might be able to help us update our photo library.  Do… Read More

Submission to the Royal Commission on Rights and Attitudes

Submission to the Royal Commission on Rights and Attitudes 25 August, 2020 This week Down Syndrome Australia provided the Disability Royal Commission with a submission on their issue paper on ‘Rights and Attitudes’. I am pleased that the Commission is examining this important issue.  So often, abuse and neglect… Read More

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