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Lucy Barraclough is affectionate, loves food and dancing to pop music from the 70s and 80s. She connects to her community in Canberra at All Saints Café, where she volunteers and is learning new skills.
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Day 6: Lucy

Lucy Barraclough is affectionate, loves food and dancing to pop music from the 70s and 80s. She connects to her community in Canberra at All Saints Café, where she volunteers and is learning new skills. Read More

Day 3: Sam

Sam has always loved taking photos. Someone gave him a camera when he was 10 years old and he never looked back. Sam shares how he has stayed connected to his community through his photography. Read More

NEW PROGRAM – Speakers’ Corner

Speakers’ Corner is a workshop series that leverages off the success of the ACT Down Syndrome Association’s Confident Speaker’s program. This program is influenced by the Australian Competency – Apply Communication Skills (BSBCMM211). In this program students will: Develop public Speaking Skills, Learn the fundamentals of communication, Practice social communication. This… Read More

NEW PROGRAM – Speakers’ Corner

Speakers’ Corner is a workshop series that leverages off the success of the ACT Down Syndrome Association’s Confident Speaker’s program. This program is influenced by the Australian Competency – Apply Communication Skills (BSBCMM211). In this program students will: Develop public Speaking Skills, Learn the fundamentals of communication, Practice social communication. This… Read More

Key Word Sign – Family Workshop

What is Key Word Sign? Key Word Sign (KWS) is the use of manual signs and natural gesture to support communication in children and adults with communication difficulties. KWS uses a core vocabulary to communicate concepts and ideas and each “word” is matched to an Auslan hand sign to further… Read More

Alderson Awards 2021

In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, the ACT Down Syndrome Association holds their annual awards night, the Alderson Awards.   The Alderson Awards celebrate the achievements of people with Down syndrome in our community. Several awards will be presented on the night including awards for personal achievement along with… Read More

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

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

Diversity in the Classroom – 17th September, 2020

Diversity in the Classroom: Tips for Teaching Students with Down syndrome Presented by Learning Support Officers Sharon Melhuish and Karen Garrity, and Biologist Kelli Gowland. Topics will include: What does it mean for a person to have Down syndrome? How does Down syndrome impact a students learning and inclusion in… Read More

ACTDSA’s new website

ACT Down Syndrome Association have a new website, as part of the Federation of Down syndrome associations across Australia. You can find out all about our latest events, news and services. You can also find our contact details and get in touch. There are some wonderful resources in… Read More

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