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Down Syndrome Victoria is Victoria’s statewide peak organisation representing people with Down syndrome and their families.

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Down Syndrome Victoria (DSV) is Victoria’s peak organisation representing people with Down syndrome and their families.

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Down Syndrome Victoria is a community based not-for-profit membership organisation established in 1978, made up of people with Down syndrome, their families, friends and professionals, all committed to achieving positive change.

We advocate with and for people with Down syndrome to have access to the same opportunities, supports and community activities as other Victorians. We work within a human rights framework, consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.

We want to live in a society where people with Down syndrome are valued, and enjoy social and economic inclusion.

Together, we can and will create this inclusive community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us on 9486 9600 or info@dsav.asn.au if you would like to speak with a team member or find out more about our organisation. Our office hours are 10am – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday.

We offer a range of services and supports to people with Down syndrome, their families and professionals across the lifespan.

  • Advice, support, workshops, information, social groups and community for people with Down syndrome
  • Personal and tailored support for parents and other family members during pregnancy and throughout the lifespan
  • Online community groups for families and people with Down syndrome
  • Training and information workshops covering a wide range of topics for people with Down syndrome, families, education and health professionals
  • An Education Program providing an extensive suite of resources, support and information for families and education professionals
  • A jam-packed calendar of events, including an annual Family Fun Day to connect and celebrate community
  • A regular newsletter, podcast and social media groups where you can explore the latest topics of interest and connect with like-minded people
  • Systemic advocacy that supports the full participation of people with Down syndrome in the economic and social life of the community


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Down Syndrome Victoria

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This page tells you about Down Syndrome Victoria and the work that we do.

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Down Syndrome Victoria is the organisation for people with Down syndrome and families in Victoria.

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We help people with Down syndrome and families with support, information and resources.

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We have support services for people with Down syndrome and families, at all stages of life.

Our Services

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Here are the services we offer:

• groups and activities

• information about Down syndrome

• support for people with Down syndrome

• support for parents and families

• support for professionals and teachers

• workshops and training.

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We also advocate for people with Down syndrome and their families.

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This means we help to make sure that people with Down syndrome can be fully included in their community.

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You can find out more about our services on our website.

Go to our Services and supports page.

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You can find our policies on our website. This means the way we work, and your rights as a customer.

Go to our Policies and Procedures.

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You can read our latest news on our website.

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Events

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We have events like social clubs, outings, workshops and webinars.

You can read about our events on our Events page.

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You can follow our social media to see our news and stories.

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Contact Us

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Telephone: 1300 658 873

Email: info@dsav.asn.au

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Have your say! My NDIS outcomes workshop!

We want to hear from you about the NDIS and what outcomes matter to you!This is a paid opportunity for people aged 15-26 years with an intellectual disability to join in this workshop.You will be paid $100 to join in and share your thoughts on the NDIS.Down Syndrome Australia has partnered with the NDIS to deliver these workshops.📅 16 March 2024🕑 1.30pm - 4.30pm (VIC)📍 Our Community House552 Victoria Street, North MelbourneLearn more and register at www.downsyndrome.org.au/event/…More information is also available in easy read. ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago
Have your say! My NDIS outcomes workshop! 

We want to hear from you about the NDIS and what outcomes matter to you!

This is a paid opportunity for people aged 15-26 years with an intellectual disability to join in this workshop.

You will be paid $100 to join in and share your thoughts on the NDIS.

Down Syndrome Australia has partnered with the NDIS to deliver these workshops.

📅 16 March 2024
🕑 1.30pm - 4.30pm (VIC)
📍 Our Community House
552 Victoria Street, North Melbourne

Learn more and register at www.downsyndrome.org.au/event/have-your-say-my-ndis-outcomes-workshop

More information is also available in easy read.

📢 NEW DSV PODCAST EPISODE, OUT NOW!

In this episode, DSV’s Education Manager, Ro O’Dwyer, and our Advisory Network’s Kath Mansour talk to the University of Melbourne Faculty of Education team about authentic inclusion in education.Associate Professor Lisa McKay-Brown and Dr Catherine Smith joined Ro and Kath to discuss their research paper, ‘Addressing the Divide: Authentic inclusion in education for people with Down syndrome’.Ro, Kath, Lisa and Catherine discuss:🔹 the purpose of the study🔹 the role Down Syndrome Victoria and the Melbourne Disability Institute played in this research🔹 the results of the study including some interesting findings🔹 the kind of education children with Down syndrome might need🔹 and more!To listen to the episode, visit www.downsyndrome.org.au/vic/… ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago
📢 NEW DSV PODCAST EPISODE, OUT NOW! 

In this episode, DSV’s Education Manager, Ro O’Dwyer, and our Advisory Network’s Kath Mansour talk to the University of Melbourne Faculty of Education team about authentic inclusion in education.

Associate Professor Lisa McKay-Brown and Dr Catherine Smith joined Ro and Kath to discuss their research paper, ‘Addressing the Divide: Authentic inclusion in education for people with Down syndrome’.

Ro, Kath, Lisa and Catherine discuss:

🔹 the purpose of the study
🔹 the role Down Syndrome Victoria and the Melbourne Disability Institute played in this research
🔹 the results of the study including some interesting findings
🔹 the kind of education children with Down syndrome might need
🔹 and more!

To listen to the episode, visit www.downsyndrome.org.au/vic/authentic-inclusion-in-education-for-people-with-down-syndrome

Club21 and FitSkills are coming to the Northern Victoria Region!

Will you be joining us this weekend? Join our upcoming community meetings on Saturday 24 February where you'll learn more about our Club21 and FitSkills programs and how you can get involved. Bendigo Club21 and FitSkills community meetingWhen: 10.00am - 11.00am, Saturday 24 FebruaryWhere: Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre (9 Browning Street, Kangaroo Flat)Morning tea will be providedShepparton Club21 community meetingWhen: 2.00pm – 3.00pm, Saturday 24 FebruaryWhere: South Shepparton Community Centre (290-300 Archer Street, Shepparton)Afternoon tea will be providedThese meetings are for adults with Down syndrome and their families/support people. For more information about this event or programs:Club21: Contact Helen at club21@dsav.asn.au or 0478 315 533FitSkills: Contact Karen at karena@dsav.asn.au or 0411 523 187Please RSVP to Nicole for catering purposes at nicoleb@dsav.asn.au. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
Club21 and FitSkills are coming to the Northern Victoria Region! 

Will you be joining us this weekend? 

Join our upcoming community meetings on Saturday 24 February where youll learn more about our Club21 and FitSkills programs and how you can get involved.
 
Bendigo Club21 and FitSkills community meeting
When: 10.00am - 11.00am, Saturday 24 February
Where: Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre (9 Browning Street, Kangaroo Flat)
Morning tea will be provided

Shepparton Club21 community meeting
When: 2.00pm – 3.00pm, Saturday 24 February
Where: South Shepparton Community Centre (290-300 Archer Street, Shepparton)
Afternoon tea will be provided

These meetings are for adults with Down syndrome and their families/support people. 

For more information about this event or programs:
Club21: Contact Helen at club21@dsav.asn.au or 0478 315 533
FitSkills: Contact Karen at karena@dsav.asn.au or 0411 523 187

Please RSVP to Nicole for catering purposes at nicoleb@dsav.asn.au.

This year we’ll be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day at our annual Family Fun Day on Sunday 24 March – along with some very tall, small, roaring and furry friends.

Will you be joining us at Werribee Open Range Zoo? Tickets are selling fast!Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy quality time with your loved ones, while raising awareness about the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.Your Family Fun Day ticket will allow you to spend the whole day at the zoo!Find out more and get your tickets at We look forward to seeing you there! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago
This year we’ll be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day at our annual Family Fun Day on Sunday 24 March – along with some very tall, small, roaring and furry friends.

Will you be joining us at Werribee Open Range Zoo? Tickets are selling fast!

Dont miss this opportunity to enjoy quality time with your loved ones, while raising awareness about the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Your Family Fun Day ticket will allow you to spend the whole day at the zoo!

Find out more and get your tickets at www.downsyndrome.org.au/vic/ffd-2024

We look forward to seeing you there!

Get In Touch

Get in Touch

Street address: 552 Victoria Street, Wurundjeri Country, North Melbourne 3051

Postal address: 552 Victoria Street, Wurundjeri Country, North Melbourne 3051

Phone: 03 9486 9600

Toll free: 1300 658 873

Email: info@dsav.asn.au

Office Hours: 10:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Thursday

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