17th August - 21st August 2015
Call for papers
Opening - August 2014
Final call - November 2014
The Autism Discussion Page blue book focuses on the core challenges associated with autism (cognitive, sensory, social, and emotional) and provides concise, accessible information and simple tools for supporting children with these vulnerabilities.
The Autism Discussion Page green book covers anxiety and stress, challenging behaviors, stretching comfort zones, discipline, and school issues. It also provides more general teaching and mentoring strategies for coaching children on the autism spectrum in basic daily living strategies to improve their day-to-day lives.
Based on posts on the popular online community page and organised by subject for ease of reference, these books offer an excellent understanding of how children with autism process and experience the world and effective strategies for coping with the challenges.
- Peer Effects in Early Childhood Education: Testing the Assumptions of Special-Education Inclusion Laura M. Justice et al, Psychological Science, published online 25th July 2014 Abstract free online
35th Annual General Meeting
Sunday 28th September 2014
10:15am for a 10:30am start
Information and Cultural Exchange Inc. (ICE)
8 Victoria Rd Parramatta
(Corner Victoria Rd and Vickers St Parramatta)
At this year’s AGM you will have the opportunity to get together with other members, meet the new Board and review the past 12 months of Down Syndrome NSW.
Please join us for light refreshments after the meeting.
For catering and seating purposes, please RSVP here or call the Office on 9841 4444 if you would like to attend the 2014 AGM.
The Information and Cultural Exchange centre is easily accessible by train, bus or car. Parking is available on the street. To plan your trip by public transport visit www.131500.com.au or call 131 500.
Nominations for the Down Syndrome NSW Board are now open. For more information on becoming a Board member or to complete a nomination form please visit our website. Board nominations close at COB Friday 5th September 2014
People with Down syndrome are active contributors to family life, not passive recipients of care.
Personal testimony from parents, siblings and other family members has shown that having a member with Down syndrome can have a positive impact for all. This has been supported by several independent research findings.
DSi does not consider Down syndrome in itself a reason for termination. People with Down syndrome can and do lead full and rewarding lives and contribute as valued and equal members of their communities.
However, families must make their own choices. DSi works with our national member organisations around the world to ensure that all prospective parents are given accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information about Down syndrome and what life may hold for someone with Down syndrome today.
For further information, please see our Position Statement on Prenatal Testing.
Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention. For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. But, for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC family reunion feeling that permeates the convention weekend. (NDSC)
As part of Riverside's commitment to theatre for everyone, we're offering a special relaxed performance of Señor Rabbit as part of this year Spot On Children's Festival. The performance will be held for children with autism and other special needs. Although this performance will be available to all patrons, those will special needs will be invited to enter the performance space early, lights will be kept on throughout the performance, there will be less Spanish used during the performance, and patrons will be welcome to come and go as needed.
Children will also be able to meet the performers before the performance begins to ensure they are comfortable and relaxed during the show.
The dedicated relaxed performance of Señor Rabbit is on
Wednesday 1 October at 10:30am
... This week Insight looks at whether more people with disabilities should be working - and whats standing in the way.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says the current system gives pension recipients no incentive to work.
"There are a lot of people who are disabled who have capacity, who have ability, and with the right sort of approach we could actually encourage them to be in the workforce," Andrews said.
So what are the hurdles? Practicalities? Attitudes of employers? Or the attitudes of the job seekers themselves?
People with Disability Australia, in partnership with national peak disability and advocacy organisations, invite you to endorse our Joint Statement to Senators to VOTE NO and reject the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) Payment Scheme Bill 2014.
The Federal and High Courts of Australia have determined that the BSWAT discriminates against people with intellectual disability. However, this Bill will not provide compensation or an effective remedy for people affected by the unlawful discrimination of the BSWAT.
We need your help to protect and promote the rights of people with intellectual disability:
Click here to read the Joint StatementTo endorse the Joint Statement as an individual or organisation email Paul Cain email@example.com
Click here to read Background Information on the BSWAT and the legal actions underway to ensure that people with intellectual disability receive fair wages for a fair days work.
You can also use the Joint Statement and Background Information to tell your Senator why they should vote against the Bill.
We expect the Bill to be voted on before the end of August so take action now!
Thank you for your support,
People with Disability Australia
Click here for more information on the Wage Justice Campaign
... please share this with families, staff, and anyone else who knows, loves, cares for, and/or serves a person with Down syndrome and Alzheimer disease ...and they have commented that ...
... it does require a time commitment to watch the whole video (1 hour and 40 minutes). However, following the recommendations on approaching a person with DS and AD (particularly in the second half of the video) will likely have a much greater time benefit and numerous other benefits for the audience ... The challenge of Alzheimer disease is substantial. We have walked (and we continue to walk) with many families through this journey. We are thrilled to be able to share this with the families we serve but also to a wider audience.
An interactive self-help book designed to guide 6?12 year olds and their parents through the techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Metaphors and humorous illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand, while prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change. Includes a note to parents by psychologist and author Dawn Huebner, Ph.D. (Goodreads)
See and Learn Saying More Words apps are designed to help children with Down syndrome to develop clear speech. They may also be helpful for other children with similar speech difficulties.
See and Learn Saying More Words apps are available or under development for the following platforms:
Have you been told that your child may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a medical condition that causes breathing trouble during sleep. Check out our handouts below to learn more about OSA and how to test for it.
PWD eBulletin July 2014 (People with Disability Australia)
Link Disability Magazine, Vol 23, Issue 3, August 2013
Look, Cook, and Eat is a digital how-to cooking magazine designed for those with intellectual disabilities, to help promote an independent lifestyle.
Subscribers to LCE will pay a yearly subscription fee (much like some newspapers; likely in the $20 to $25 range). With their subscription they'll receive menus each month that can be viewed on their iPad, tablet, or PC. Each menu (which could be breakfast, lunch, or dinner) will be divided into three components and each component will be broken down into what to buy, tools to use, and three short videos (each less than a minute long).
The material will be presented largely as images and videos--there will be very few words (in the event that reading is difficult). There will be audio voice overs of ingredients and tools to help identify items, and the videos will be able to be easily stopped and started for those who want to cook following the video.