Community Participation – a Pathways to Independence workshop

May 14, 2022

11:00 am - 1:30 pm (VIC)

Online (Workshop)

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Let’s talk about why being a part of the community is important.


This workshop is for adults with Down syndrome.

You will learn more about why participating in the community is important and some ways you can do this.

Community participation means to get out of the house and spend time with friends, family or groups.


Date: Saturday 14 May 2022

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (VIC)


This is an online event.

About the event

This is a free event for people with Down syndrome.

By the end of this workshop you will understand:

  • Why community participation is important
  • How you can be more involved in the community.

To Register

To register, please visit our online registration page:


Matt O’Neil

Matt is passionate about his community and raising awareness about Down syndrome. He is very excited to be the Chair of the Down Syndrome Advisory Network Victoria (DSANVic).

Matt said, “Community participation is important because you get to meet people. You get included. Once I’m out in the community there are lots of nice people out there. However, you also need to learn how to stay safe in the community. If I’m just walking outside I see other people and they can see this person has an Intellectual Disability and we get more respect for each other,” he said.

Keziah Glenane

Kez is passionate about being able to meet up with groups of friends and provide a voice for her community. Kez would like to help people with Down syndrome to get a paid job in the community and live independently.

Kez said, “Community participation is important because when you are out in the community you have friends, they give you the feeling of heart-warming and understand how you feel. It’s good to explore things and get out of the house and this helps you not to think about stressful things,” she said.

Zoe Shearer

Zoe Shearer is the Health Project Manager at Down Syndrome Victoria. She has worked delivering project and training in the non-profit sector for the last 16 years. Zoe is passionate about working with people to bring about real change and improving outcomes for people with disability and those that support them.

For Zoe, community participation is really important because it helps with my mental health and helps me make friends.

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