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Breaking Down Barriers

In our June 2024 issue we hear from people with Down syndrome who are breaking down barriers.

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🌟 Exciting News! 🌟

After a fabulous World Down Syndrome Congress in Brisbane, Australia last week, we're delighted to share that the next World Down Syndrome Congress will be held in vibrant Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2027! 🎉Let the planning begin! #WDSC2027 #DownSyndromeCongress #BuenosAires #DownSyndrome #DownSyndromeInternational ... See MoreSee Less

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Deb McNair!

📣 Are you keen for positive change for people with disability? Now’s your chance to make a difference and have a say!

The Disability Dialogue is wrapping up the Disability Discovery project, and they want to hear from you! 

Whether youre a person with a disability, a family member, a supporter or a friend, they want to know what you need and want in your community. Remember, you are the experts.

Theyll gather all your responses to find out what’s working and what’s missing.

The survey closes on Monday 22 July. Take the survey here: https://buff.ly/4d6nZX4

#DisabilityDialogue #CommunityVoices #Disability #DisabilityRights #InclusionAustralia #Inclusion

📣 Are you keen for positive change for people with disability? Now’s your chance to make a difference and have a say!

The Disability Dialogue is wrapping up the Disability Discovery project, and they want to hear from you! Whether you're a person with a disability, a family member, a supporter or a friend, they want to know what you need and want in your community. Remember, you are the experts.They'll gather all your responses to find out what’s working and what’s missing.The survey closes on Monday 22 July. Take the survey here: #DisabilityDialogue #CommunityVoices #Disability #DisabilityRights #InclusionAustralia #Inclusion ... See MoreSee Less

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As part of our WDSC celebrations, we recognised the achievements of DSAs inaugural Chair and Deputy Chair, Angus Graham and Grant Lindsay by awarding them life memberships of Down Syndrome Australia.

Thank you to Angus and Grant for your dedication and hard work.

As part of our WDSC celebrations, we recognised the achievements of DSA's inaugural Chair and Deputy Chair, Angus Graham and Grant Lindsay by awarding them life memberships of Down Syndrome Australia.

Thank you to Angus and Grant for your dedication and hard work. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations Angus and Grant, it was a pleasure to meet you in Australia.

Congrats Grant and Angus

Australia’s migration health requirements are discriminatory, outmoded and out of step with community expectations and this is attracting international attention with @bbcnews taking a look at the impact on a family who have been in Australia for 8 years and have a child born in Australia with cystic fibrosis.

We spoke to the BBC for this story and explained by Australia must urgently reform its migration health requirements so that they are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations; community expectations; comparable democracies: AND reflects a nation that values the immense contributions to our communities that people with disability or health conditions and their families make every single day across Australia. Welcoming Disability is a joint civil society campaign led by @lawyers4humanrights and @downsyndromeaustralia and supported by over 100 organisations and experts. We are calling for an end to Australia’s discriminatory migration health requirements because people with disabilities or health conditions should not be treated as second class citizens.Read more about it in this article too: #auslaw #auspol #humanrights #crpd #crc #health #disability #migration #discrimination ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Down Syndrome Australia for doing this important work. These discriminatory requirements must change.

Desperately needing advice... My elderly mother is a full time carer of her adult son who has Down Syndrome, but it is no longer safe for Mum to be home and needs out of home care, but my brother cannot go with her to aged care as he is under 65... He is 56, and for someone with Downs Syndrome that is considered quite old so he is also needing a lot of care....There has to be a way for them to be together in aged care..This is ridiculous they they have to separate. My mum is in care having respite atm and my brother is constantly upset at not being able to go home with her . This appears to be a major loophole that needs looking into. Who can help us provide the care he needs if he now requires more than disability support care and not old enough for aged care?