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Our Why

We work to support all people with Down syndrome to achieve their full potential in all life stages. 
We champion the rights of people with Down syndrome to be valued and to take their rightful place in the community.

Your Support

The work we do is not possible without your generous support. If you wish to support the work we do and make a donation, you can do so online or please phone us on 02 9841 4444.

Our Impact

The Down Syndrome Association of NSW was established in 1980 by parents of young people with Down syndrome. As the children of the founding members grew to adolescence and adulthood, so too our services extended to all life stages. We now provide information and support, advocacy, capacity building workshops, training in schools, community participation programs, pre-natal expert advice, new parent resources and support and specialist employment preparation and connection.

We are an enthusiastic team of professionals with expertise in our relevant fields of service provision, support and advocacy.  Some of us have lived experience with a family member with Down syndrome, some bring a range of expertise and industry experience.  We are here to support you – all working together to help our members with Down syndrome achieve their full potential.

Down Syndrome NSW accepts membership via phone 9841 4444 or email. Once we receive your request, it will be presented to our Board for approval, in line with our Constitution. Membership is free and you can find out more here

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FURTHER ADVICE RE VACCINATIONS FOR DISABILITY STAFF
National Disability Services have today released further information to help in understanding who is covered under the new Public Health Order (PHO) changes requiring mandatory vaccinations for disability support staff.

GENERAL COVERAGE
The definition of disability services is broad and includes services provided in person to a person with disability.

It is not based on funding source or a particular cohort and includes:

- residential disability care
- in-home disability services
- disability day programs
- community-based disability support services
- any person providing services funded or provided by the NDIS (where these are provided in person) and the Assisted School Travel Program.

NDS confirmed with NSW Health that the PHO includes anyone providing services to people with disability (where these are provided in person) and applies to paid and unpaid staff such as volunteers.

NSW Health has also confirmed that the PHO would not include  staff employed by disability providers who are not likely to provide direct assistance to people with disabilities (for example, staff administering payroll). 

However, the public health order is not role dependent.  
In settings that provide disability specific services, it may apply to administrative and ancillary roles if those workers provide direct assistance to people with disabilities attending the offices of a disability provider (e.g. reception and management staff).

Providers should note that the PHO does not apply to people under the age of 16. However, individual providers and workplaces may have their own requirements based on their assessment of the risks for their workplace.

The direction also requires that a person responsible for a worker, or person providing disability services, takes all reasonable steps to ensure that workers comply with the PHO.

AUSTRALIAN DISABILITY ENTERPRISES
NSW Health has also indicated that the PHO does not automatically cover people with disabilities who are working as supported employees in an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). However, some of these workers may fall under the vaccination requirements of other occupations or settings (for example, hospitality venues).

The PHO would apply to anyone assisting a person with disabilities (in person) in the ADE, for example, as a disability support worker or coach.

DAY PROGRAM GROUP ACTIVITIES
NSW Health has updated the advice relating to day program group activities, which are able to commence in line with the current PHO. This includes maintaining density levels of 1 person per 4 square metres in indoor areas and 1 person per 2 square metres in outdoor areas. Persons on the premises for work are not counted in the density limits.

NSW Health notes that providers should have COVID-19 Safety Plans in place and maintain COVID-19 safe practices such as:
- encouraging all residents and all participants to be vaccinated;
- ensuring everyone wears a mask when indoors, unless they are exempted;
- encouraging regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
- maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people

Staff and participants should not attend day programs if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Where participants are not fully vaccinated, providers are encouraged to continue to provide flexible options. These include online service delivery, individual activities, and to avoid group interactions unless participants are from the same household.

FURTHER ADVICE RE VACCINATIONS FOR DISABILITY STAFFNational Disability Services have today released further information to help in understanding who is covered under the new Public Health Order (PHO) changes requiring mandatory vaccinations for disability support staff.GENERAL COVERAGEThe definition of disability services is broad and includes services provided in person to a person with disability.It is not based on funding source or a particular cohort and includes:- residential disability care- in-home disability services- disability day programs- community-based disability support services- any person providing services funded or provided by the NDIS (where these are provided in person) and the Assisted School Travel Program.NDS confirmed with NSW Health that the PHO includes anyone providing services to people with disability (where these are provided in person) and applies to paid and unpaid staff such as volunteers.NSW Health has also confirmed that the PHO would not include staff employed by disability providers who are not likely to provide direct assistance to people with disabilities (for example, staff administering payroll). However, the public health order is not role dependent. In settings that provide disability specific services, it may apply to administrative and ancillary roles if those workers provide direct assistance to people with disabilities attending the offices of a disability provider (e.g. reception and management staff).Providers should note that the PHO does not apply to people under the age of 16. However, individual providers and workplaces may have their own requirements based on their assessment of the risks for their workplace.The direction also requires that a person responsible for a worker, or person providing disability services, takes all reasonable steps to ensure that workers comply with the PHO.AUSTRALIAN DISABILITY ENTERPRISESNSW Health has also indicated that the PHO does not automatically cover people with disabilities who are working as supported employees in an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). However, some of these workers may fall under the vaccination requirements of other occupations or settings (for example, hospitality venues).The PHO would apply to anyone assisting a person with disabilities (in person) in the ADE, for example, as a disability support worker or coach.DAY PROGRAM GROUP ACTIVITIESNSW Health has updated the advice relating to day program group activities, which are able to commence in line with the current PHO. This includes maintaining density levels of 1 person per 4 square metres in indoor areas and 1 person per 2 square metres in outdoor areas. Persons on the premises for work are not counted in the density limits.NSW Health notes that providers should have COVID-19 Safety Plans in place and maintain COVID-19 safe practices such as:- encouraging all residents and all participants to be vaccinated;- ensuring everyone wears a mask when indoors, unless they are exempted;- encouraging regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser;- maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other peopleStaff and participants should not attend day programs if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Where participants are not fully vaccinated, providers are encouraged to continue to provide flexible options. These include online service delivery, individual activities, and to avoid group interactions unless participants are from the same household. ... See MoreSee Less

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Street address: Level 6/410 Church St North Parramatta NSW 2151
Postal address: PO Box 3173 North Parramatta NSW 1750
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Phone: (02) 9841 4444
Toll free: 1800 811 629
Email: admin@dsansw.org.au

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