January/February 2016

NDIS and Me Groups

Through the National DSO grant we have been able to set up more local support groups over the last few months to encourage families to connect, share information about the NDIS, and support each other. Down Syndrome WA is continuing to provide information and support to group leaders as well as keeping up to date with the evolving scheme. While WA has not yet signed up to full roll-out, we feel it is important to start thinking about what a plan might look like.The current groups are New parents, Developmental playgroup, Aim High, National Facebook, Hills, Lower South West, Cockburn/Kwinana, Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, and Central Perth. Have a look at the NDIS and Me groups page on our website. If you would like more information about any of these groups then contact Julie on 9368 4002 or education@dsawa.asn.au

Upcoming Events

Teacher PD

“Educating the student with Down syndrome”

A full day PD for teaching staff is coming up on Monday 14th March.”Educating the student with Down syndrome” has been designed to give teachers and assistants an overview of the student with Down syndrome. Presenters Julie Ireland and Jackie Softly will look at the educational implications of having Down syndrome and some practical classroom strategies, as well as using a person-centred approach, and working with the family to get the best outcomes for each student

If you would like a flyer to pass onto your school you can download it it here: (PDF format / Word format).

World Down Syndrome Day

Monday 21st of March

World Down Syndrome Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about what it means to have Down syndrome and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our communities. It is an opportunity to highlight their strengths, their achievements, what they have to say, their active involvement in the community, their personal contributions to the community and just who they are!

 We will be celebrating in WA with the rest of the world!

 Come on board with us, join in the celebration and help raise awareness about the potential of people with Down syndrome.

  1. Share the new Saatchi & Saatchi World Down Syndrome Day video in your networks
  2. Visit the Down Syndrome Australia national World Down Syndrome Day website and consider making a donation to your state organisation
  3. Be involved in the ‘Lots of Socks’ campaign – being promoted everywhere all around the world – in schools, workplaces, businesses
  4. More in WA – TBA soon
  5. Celebrate in your own way with someone you know who has Down syndrome

More information coming soon.