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Important Information: DSQ to lose Advocacy Funding

The Queensland Government is changing the funding model for Advocacy in Queensland, and this means that Down Syndrome Queensland (DSQ), from 1 January 2022, will no longer receive funding to support the over 2,500 people with Down syndrome across Queensland in individual advocacy activities.

Instead, from 1 January 2022, only cross—disability advocacy organisations will be funded to provide individual advocacy activities in Queensland.

DSQ is concerned that these organisations will not have the same depth of understanding of the issues which affect people with Down syndrome, nor the connections to support them in the same way. People with intellectual impairments are one of the most marginalised groups in society and sufficient support from organisations who understand their specific needs is the only way to address this.

In the past 12 months, DSQ has provided over 600 hours of individual advocacy to people with Down syndrome and their support networks on areas such as NDIS access, reviews and system changes, education access and inclusion, health system access and prenatal testing. DSQ also made representations and submissions to Government, Enquiries and the NDIA on Systemic Advocacy matters including NDIS structure and access, Health equality, Prenatal testing, Inclusive Education and Employment.

As things currently stand, DSQ will no longer receive funding from the Qld Government to perform these activities from 1 January 2022.

We are committed to continue to support people with Down syndrome and their support networks in advocacy issues, but we will be increasingly reliant on donations and fundraising to continue this support unless the State Government takes steps to fill the void.

We require your support to assist us in raising funds and calling for Government action on an appropriate Advocacy funding model.

To share your advocacy story with us, or find out  more, please contact Michael at the office on 3356 6655 or at engagement@downsyndromeqld.org.au

Overview

Down Syndrome Queensland works for a better quality of life for people with Down syndrome by supporting and strengthening families and promoting positive and realistic images of people with Down syndrome.  

It’s dynamic & expert team of staff provides a range of services and supports throughout Queensland. The team is supported by a number of wonderful volunteers including the Board with services funded through grants, sponsorships, donations and fundraising. Down Syndrome Queensland is a registered charity established by parents in 1976.

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Cup Cake Cases. Use items from around the home to make fun sight word games. Write the words onto cupcake cases and allow children to take turns throwing their pom pom. They must then read the word they land on. Alternatively ask them to read a word then throw their pom pom.p cake cases. ... See MoreSee Less

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UQ GEN Z RESEARCH PROJECT - What is it like being an adult with Down syndrome? From 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Oaks Gold coast Hotel
Participate in this research project and get a $200 voucher and free dinner!
The University of Queensland are running a new research project looking at what it is like being an adult with Down syndrome. UQ would like you to help them with this project.
Down Syndrome Queensland are helping UQ to organise sessions with people with Down syndrome to get some information on this topic. In this session, people from UQ who work on this project will interview you, this includes people with Down syndrome who are working with UQ.
They will interview you, this is a one-on-one chat. We will talk with you about your life. You can tell us anything you want. You can bring someone with you if you want. They will also listen to what you have to say in a focus group. A focus group has people like you who are talking about their lives. We will record what you say on video.
The sessions will run from 3:30 to 6:30pm and include an informal dinner and you will receive a $200 voucher for participating.
Places for these sessions are limited. If you want to take part, please register below and you will be sent more information from UQ. Please note that DSQ will share your details with UQ so that they can run these workshops.
If you have any questions, you can ring Rhonda Faragher from UQ on 07 3365 6481 or you can email Rhonda r.faragher@uq.edu.au, or call us at DSQ on 3356 6655.

UQ GEN Z RESEARCH PROJECT - What is it like being an adult with Down syndrome? From 3:30 PM – 6:30 PMOaks Gold coast HotelParticipate in this research project and get a $200 voucher and free dinner!The University of Queensland are running a new research project looking at what it is like being an adult with Down syndrome. UQ would like you to help them with this project.Down Syndrome Queensland are helping UQ to organise sessions with people with Down syndrome to get some information on this topic. In this session, people from UQ who work on this project will interview you, this includes people with Down syndrome who are working with UQ.They will interview you, this is a one-on-one chat. We will talk with you about your life. You can tell us anything you want. You can bring someone with you if you want. They will also listen to what you have to say in a focus group. A focus group has people like you who are talking about their lives. We will record what you say on video.The sessions will run from 3:30 to 6:30pm and include an informal dinner and you will receive a $200 voucher for participating.Places for these sessions are limited. If you want to take part, please register below and you will be sent more information from UQ. Please note that DSQ will share your details with UQ so that they can run these workshops.If you have any questions, you can ring Rhonda Faragher from UQ on 07 3365 6481 or you can email Rhonda r.faragher@uq.edu.au, or call us at DSQ on 3356 6655. ... See MoreSee Less

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What days of the week are these sessions on and how many days are participants required. Thanks

DSQ Kids is a brand-new program from Down Syndrome Queensland. An opportunity for primary school aged children to meet new friends their age, get active and develop social skills in a new environment. If you have a child aged 5-11 with Down syndrome and would like them to be a part of a group all about having fun, with opportunities to develop confidence and build independence, then this is for them. Half of the event will be therapy based activities designed by our student Occupational Therapist. Content will be different each month and aims to work on co-ordination, muscle building, visual tracking and fine motor skills. The other half of the time will be free play as an opportunity to catch up with friends, make new ones and to develop important social skills.
Support Costs: $30.00 (invoiced at the end of the month) *First time participants will not have pay for their first event*
What to bring: A hat, a drink bottle, sun screen, own chairs, picnic rugs or morning tea / snacks
RSVP: 10/12/2021
To register: seniorcoord@downsyndromeqld.org.au
COVID-19 Safe Plan / Conditions: This activity has restricted numbers. Participants, staff and volunteers who are not feeling well, or been in contact with some not well will not be able to participate. Participants will be expected to sanitize their hands on arrival and during the activity. Sufficient social distancing space will be practiced during the event. There will be no sharing of food. Staff and volunteers are required to comply with all the same requirements and expectations. The Event Registration is taken in accordance with our Event Terms and Conditions. More information can be found through our Client Information page online.

DSQ Kids is a brand-new program from Down Syndrome Queensland. An opportunity for primary school aged children to meet new friends their age, get active and develop social skills in a new environment. If you have a child aged 5-11 with Down syndrome and would like them to be a part of a group all about having fun, with opportunities to develop confidence and build independence, then this is for them. Half of the event will be therapy based activities designed by our student Occupational Therapist. Content will be different each month and aims to work on co-ordination, muscle building, visual tracking and fine motor skills. The other half of the time will be free play as an opportunity to catch up with friends, make new ones and to develop important social skills.Support Costs: $30.00 (invoiced at the end of the month) *First time participants will not have pay for their first event*What to bring: A hat, a drink bottle, sun screen, own chairs, picnic rugs or morning tea / snacksRSVP: 10/12/2021To register: seniorcoord@downsyndromeqld.org.auCOVID-19 Safe Plan / Conditions: This activity has restricted numbers. Participants, staff and volunteers who are not feeling well, or been in contact with some not well will not be able to participate. Participants will be expected to sanitize their hands on arrival and during the activity. Sufficient social distancing space will be practiced during the event. There will be no sharing of food. Staff and volunteers are required to comply with all the same requirements and expectations. The Event Registration is taken in accordance with our Event Terms and Conditions. More information can be found through our Client Information page online. ... See MoreSee Less

20 hours ago

We wish our teaching staff and students a wonderful last week of school. 

Don’t forget if you have a student with Down syndrome in your class for 2022 you are eligible to join the FREE DSQ Professional Teaching Cluster. 

For information email education@downsyndromeqld.org.au
#dsqeducation

We wish our teaching staff and students a wonderful last week of school. Don’t forget if you have a student with Down syndrome in your class for 2022 you are eligible to join the FREE DSQ Professional Teaching Cluster. For information email education@downsyndromeqld.org.au#dsqeducation ... See MoreSee Less

23 hours ago

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