More about the work of Down Syndrome WA
Down Syndrome Western Australia was established in 1986 by a small group of families who had a baby or young child with Down syndrome and who were looking for mutual support and information.
We have grown into a state-wide organisation with almost 200 financial members and hundreds more within our network. We serve a state-wide population of over 1300 individuals with Down syndrome, their families and others who work with and support them.
Our staff is skilled at managing events, projects, grant outcomes and acquittals on time and within budget.
Down Syndrome WA is highly regarded in the WA disability sector for its specialist expertise and its focus on developing community inclusion.
Our Vision, Purpose and Values
Our Vision is that people with Down syndrome live a life of their choice and make their contribution to the community
We provide support and information to people with Down syndrome, their families, and to those in the community who support them. We work to empower people with Down syndrome and their families to achieve their goals and we work to represent their needs to the community, promote positive attitudes and create opportunities for full inclusion and participation.
Human Rights Respecting rights, equality of opportunity and inclusion
The person at the centre Building capacity, participation and possibilities
Our unique lived experience Empathy and sharing understanding, knowledge and our lived family experiences
Responding sensitively Listening, supporting and responding to individual needs of people with Down syndrome and their families
Our helpline and office/drop in centre are open every weekday 9.30am-2.30pm and our support team is available to talk to you by phone, email or in person (by appointment) if you would like to come in for a chat.
We are the official voice for the Down syndrome community in WA and we work to represent the needs of people with Down syndrome and their families to government and within the community.
We do this by working to influence public policies, assist in bringing about change, and improving opportunities for people with Down syndrome. Together as members of Down Syndrome Australia we advocate with one strong and united voice for people with Down syndrome.