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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

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

School Advocacy and Supports for Families Throughout Queensland

Did you know that DSQ can assist with supporting you and your child in their learning environment?  This can include; Discussing effective communication strategies for you to feel heardSupporting you with stakeholder meetingsSupporting you through the IEP / ISP process In conjunction with our Education Consultants, we can also support… Read More

Support Leah’s fundraiser

Support Leah’s Haircut fundraiser Within our T21 community here in Brisbane there is a beautiful little 3 year old girl called Leah.  She has a gorgeous smile, infectious laugh and stunning long blonde hair. When her mum posts pictures of this gorgeous little lady everyone comments on her beautiful long… Read More

DSQ Support Coordination Getting Results!

If you’re like most of Down Syndrome Queensland’s families, you are struggling to manage all the changes to your supports as a result of COVID-19 along with understanding all the recent NDIS announced changes.  Down Syndrome Queensland (DSQ) are pleased to announce that they can now offer support coordination to… Read More

Support Coordination and COVID-19

The NDIS have recently announced additional information on the changes to support co-ordination the key points are highlighted below; · If you already have support coordination in your plan but need more hours to help you manage everything, you can pay for those hours out of your core budget (assuming… Read More

Are You Really Ready to Include Me?

Down Syndrome Queensland (DSQ) is proud to release its latest information video entitled, “What is Inclusion?”, produced in collaboration with students from the Griffith Film School and Pullenvale State School.  The short, 4-minute video showcases the difference between integration, perceived inclusion and true inclusion in a classroom environment.  The… Read More

Help Celebrate People with Down syndrome on World Down Syndrome Day!

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, when people all around the world celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome, creating a global voice, advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome. The theme for World Down Syndrome Day this year is “We… Read More

Changes to DSQ Events and Programs due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Down Syndrome Queensland our focus is and will continue to be the safety and wellbeing of our members, community and staff. We have reviewed the situation and after careful consideration of the current advice, have taken the decision to cancel the following upcoming events and programmes between today and… Read More

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