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International Day of People with Disability 2013

Down Syndrome Australia today celebrates International Day of People with Disability together with our friends and colleagues around the globe. International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote understanding of disability and recognition of the dignity, rights and wellbeing of people with disability.

On this important day Down Syndrome Australia would particularly like to acknowledge Down Syndrome Victoria’s achievement in winning the Excellence in Improving Education Outcomes Award at the 2013 National Disability Awards last week. The Down Syndrome Inclusion Support Service helps students with Down syndrome to reach their full potential by providing practical hands on support, resources and skills to teachers and support staff responsible for meeting the learning needs of children with Down syndrome.

“The Down Syndrome Inclusion Support Service demonstrates what can be achieved when teachers and schools have access to support and resources to meet the needs of all of the children in their class, including children with Down syndrome” said Down Syndrome Australia CEO Catherine McAlpine.

“A good education is critical to the future of every child – and this is no less true for children with Down syndrome. A good education gives children with Down syndrome the chance to reach their full potential and achieve their goals in adulthood.” 

“Many of the state and territory Down syndrome associations deliver specialist consultancy services similar to the Down Syndrome Victoria Inclusion Support Service, and we encourage schools and families to access these to help ensure a successful transition to both primary and secondary school life.”

Down Syndrome Australia also celebrates IDPwD with Chris Bunton – a 21-year-old man with Down syndrome from NSW. Chris has shared his story as part of the national IDPwD celebrations. In the video Chris speaks of his hopes for his life – hopes we know many people with Down syndrome share.

“My hopes and dreams are to become a more responsible and independent man living with a partner and having great, wonderful friends”.

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