Down Syndrome Advisory Network Victoria (DSANVic)

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DSANVic offers advice, feedback and support to make sure the voice of people with Down syndrome is heard and implemented at Down Syndrome Victoria.

DSANVic advises Down Syndrome Victoria about future policy surrounding people with Down syndrome.

DSAN is all about disability rights. For disabled people by disabled people.

We believe that people with Down syndrome deserve to be treated with the same respect as non-disabled people.    

We feel strongly about improving the livelihoods of people with Down syndrome by ensuring that we are listened to. 

We want DSANVic to be a group who help support people with Down syndrome and their families, by working together on issues.       

Together we will be supported and heard. We will have a future.     

We are inclusive of all ages, sex, gender, race and disabilities. 

In January 2020 Down Syndrome Victoria was successful in obtaining an NDIA Individual Capacity Building grant to establish the Down Syndrome Advisory Network Victoria (DSANVic). Our DSANVic members are passionate about developing new ideas, strengthening community understanding of Down syndrome, and advocacy.

If you have any enquiries regarding the DSANVic please direct them to Madison King madisonk@dsav.asn.au.


Matt O’Neil

I am passionate about my community, and raising awareness about Down syndrome.

I am very excited to be the Chair of our new Advisory Network.

Colby Hickey

I am passionate about politics, writing, news and history. My dream is to help disadvantaged people in the community. I believe that my experiences as a neurodiverse person give me a unique insider perspective into the world around me and how people like me fit into society. I want to advocate for others.

Jenny Bowden

I am passionate about getting people out into the community. I would like to give a voice to people with Down syndrome who need help.

Dominique Ressom

I am passionate about helping babies with Down syndrome.

Down syndrome is the same as everyone else, just a bit different. I would like to help the community to find jobs, learn to live by themselves, to catch public transport and be friends.

Katherine Mansour

I am passionate about studying, I’m learning new skills every day.  

I love being involved in community pursuits and fundraising events designed to raise awareness for Down syndrome.

Keziah Glenane

I am passionate about being able to meet up with groups of friends and provide a voice for my community.

I would like to help people with Down syndrome to get a paid job in the community and live independently.

Emily Porter

I am passionate about being independent and living with my husband in our unit.

I want to help people with a disability, and provide a voice for people with Down syndrome.