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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

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

Health Survey for people with Down syndrome

Health Survey for people with Down syndrome Down Syndrome Australia has launched a new project to improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome. We’d like to understand the experiences that people with Down syndrome have when visiting a doctor or health care worker. Your feedback will help doctors and health care workers… Read More

Annual General Meeting, Down Syndrome WA – 22 September

About this Event Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22nd September  Where: Pelican Community Centre 150 Shenton Road Swanbourne WA Time: 6.30 pm to 7.30pm  Event information Executive positions and portfolios will be finalised at the first Board meeting (You may wish to indicate your interest in an executive position and/or indicate your… Read More

National Science Week – Free Webinar

Science Alliance goes National! Join the ACT Down Syndrome Association and representatives from Vanessa de Kauwes Science Alliance group on August 20th, 2020 for a live demonstration of how science can be accessible for all. Science Alliance combines hands-on science with disability education to enable the full inclusion of students… Read More

Back to remote learning? These tips could help.

As parts of Victoria face tougher restrictions to slow the spread of Coronavirus, many parents are now weighing up the options for their children’s education. It was good to see the Department of Education acknowledge the difficulties for many families with this model of learning, now providing more choice… Read More

DSQ pilots an “Inclusive Community Sports Program” Across the State

Down Syndrome Queensland (DSQ) will develop, pilot and evaluate a social inclusion program and accompanying resource kit, that will increase opportunities for people with Down syndrome (DS) and their families to participate in sport and physical activity and increase community belonging. The program has been funded by the Australian Government’s… Read More

Submission to the Emergency Planning and Response Issues paper

Submission to the Emergency Planning and Response Issues paper 8 July, 2020 The recent bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the need for a comprehensive approach to providing the right support to people with a disability as part of Emergency Planning and Response. These events have had a significant… Read More

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