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Supporting, Advocating, Empowering

About DSQ

DSQ is the peak body for Intellectual Disability in Queensland and works for a better quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities, including Down syndrome. DSQ is a registered charity, established in 1976 by parents to support and strengthen families, and promote positive and realistic images of people with disabilities. Its dynamic and expert team of staff provides a range of services and supports throughout Queensland and are supported by a number of wonderful volunteers, including the DSQ Board. Our services are funded through grants, sponsorships, donations and fundraising.

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Our Mission

As the peak body for intellectual disability in Queensland, DSQ provides practical and emotional support to all people with intellectual disabilities, their families and support networks. We drive change, support inclusion and are on a quest for equality for people with disabilities, so they can take their rightful places as valuable and contributing members of their communities. We provide expert advice and quality services to empower individuals to fulfil their potential, now and into the future.

Our Values

Our values express what we stand for and guide the way we do things. Our values are core to our business, and we align everything we do with them. Here at DSQ, we have three core values. Putting these values into action will help us to build community awareness and to support, advocate for and empower people with Intellectual Disability.


We remain true to our mission and are honest, open, ethical, and fair. We take accountability for our actions and our actions match our words.


We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and backgrounds to succeed. We collaborate to leverage collective knowledge.


What we do, we do well.

We act with courage to create a better future.

Our Vision

DSQ provides practical and emotional support through the delivery of educational and social programs across multiple facets, each with their own vision.


We offer support to schools and educators through a range of services to enable students living with intellectual disabilities to maximise their learning outcomes.

Support Services

We provide expert advice and quality support to people with intellectual disabilities and their families, friends and carers, to ensure people fulfil their potential and take their rightful place in the community.

Fundraising & Events

We are experts in running events and fundraising activities to ensure DSQ have the resources to support, advocate and empower people living with intellectual disabilities.


We offer an excellent range of educational and social programs to develop skills, build capacity and empower people living with intellectual disabilities.

Our Impact

Together, we drive change, support inclusion and are on a quest for equality for people with disabilities, so they can take their rightful places as valuable and contributing members of their communities.

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Strategic Plan 2023-25

DSQ has created a strategic plan for 2023-25 that outlines our direction, goals and strategies over the next three years so that we can provide the best to support, and continue to advocate and empower, people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.

You can view DSQ’s Strategic Plan for 2023-25 here.

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DSQ Journey

As the peak body for Intellectual Disability, DSQ can provide numerous benefits to your family, community, school and/organisation. We have expertise in areas such as disability advocacy, inclusion, and community engagement and more, as well as access to valuable resources, information and networks that can help you before, during and after school years. Being a part of the DSQ community can boost your connection with families and individuals with disabilities and create opportunities for support and collaboration.

DSQ has created a β€˜now and the future’ journey to direct our current programs and initiatives that ensures that we are catering to all age groups and strategically moving forward to better support the disability community.

Our Patron

Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland, was sworn in as the 27th Governor of Queensland on 1 November 2021. DSQ is honoured to have her patronage.

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DSQ are thrilled to announce a new service that we are delivering -  MyTime!   

What is MyTime? It is a Peer Support program for all parents and carers of children under the age of 18 who need a higher level of care than other children. 

It is a place where you will feel understood, safe, share ideas, access quality information and resources and meet other parents and caregivers of children with disability. 

MyTime program across the Central Queensland Region too, including Brisbane north of the Brisbane River, Somerset, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton and inland through the Burnett, Banana Shire, Central Highlands, Blackall, Longreach, Barcledine, Winton, Barcoo and Diamantina Shire.

You can find out more about MyTime here πŸ‘‡

Or you can contact Liz - DSQ program coordinator - on coord@mytimeqld.org.au or phone  3356-6655.

#Downsyndrome #DownSyndromeQueensland #MyTime

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Naomie Macquarie

Great work DSQ!


Great work in theory. I responded to an email a couple of weeks ago, with STILL no response.

We need your help!

Join us on Derby Day, 29 October, to help us sell 50-50 Charity raffle tickets!

Volunteering is a fantastic way to support us and the work we are doing for the Down syndrome community. 

⏰ October 29, from 11 am to 4pm
πŸ“ Eagle Farm racecourse, 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot QLD 4007

You can find more information and register here πŸ‘‡

#Downsyndorme #DownSyndormeQueensland #5050charityraffle
Good luck to Dominic Edwards, competing in his second Special Olympics National Games in Launceston, Tasmania this week! πŸ₯³

He will be representing Queensland in Level 3 MAG 🀩 

Dominic has been an active member of the Special Olympics since he was 4 years old and has trained as a gymnast since he was 7 years old! 

#Downsyndrome #DownSyndromeQueensland

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Amazing Dom!


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πŸ’ƒ Karaoke & Dance Party Ascot
November 11 at 6:30 PM
Learn more: https://www.downsyndrome.org.au/blog/event/dsq-club-teens-november-karaoke-dance-party-ascot/

πŸ₯Ύ Bush walk & BBQ
November 12 at 9AM
Learn more: https://www.downsyndrome.org.au/blog/event/dsq-club-teens-toowoomba-november-bush-walk-bbq/

🍿 Dinner & Movies
November 12 at 4:30PM
Learn more: https://www.downsyndrome.org.au/blog/event/dsq-club-brisbane-november-dinner-movies/

Visit our website to discover more events! 

🌐 https://www.downsyndrome.org.au/events/#qld/
#dsqprograms #DSQ #downsyndrome

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Street address: 282 Stafford Road, Stafford, QLD 4053
Postal address: PO Box 3223, Stafford DC, QLD, 4053

Phone: (07) 3356 6655
Email: office@downsyndromeqld.org.au

Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday

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