Or contact Resourcing Families:
T: (02) 9869 7753
Free call: 1800 774 764 (for callers outside Sydney)
The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, School of Psychiatry is seeking a highly motivated Project Officer to work in the field of intellectual disability mental health.Description and application details are here. Applications close 13th October 2013.
Best wishes to all the swimmers participating in the
Down Syndrome Down Under Swimming Organisation's
at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga
28th - 29th September 2013
Spectators and cheer squads are welcome.
Six Percent, is taken directly from statistics presented by the UK Cytogenetics register which show that of all the pregnancies diagnosed as being Down Syndrome, 6% result in a live birth, 91% are terminated and a further 3% of babies are miscarried, or die at birth.Well worth a look.
Down Syndrome Australia is developing a new range of resources including a national New Parent resource and a Transition to School resource.
We are looking for clear, high resolution photos to include in these, and would love families to let us know if they have photos they are happy to share in these national resources. If so, we will send you a release form to consent to their use.
Thank you so much in anticipation!
A one day course for primary and secondary teachers who deliver sexual health and relationships education (SHRE) to students with intellectual disability. Strategies for teaching positive self-esteem, relationship skills, positive sexuality and safety are presented. Topics covered include sexuality model, myths and barriers and their impact on people with disability, curriculum scoping and sequencing, answering challenging questions, teaching strategies and working with families. Participants will also have the opportunity to view and use a range of SHRE resources.
This one day workshop is designed to build confidence and support for service providers to talk about reproductive and sexual health issues with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Down There also now includes new content to update participants on core reproductive and sexual health topics including STIs and Contraception.
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My Life, My Story, My Community
An accessible and inclusive community means creating possibilities. It enables people to live their lives according to their individual interests, needs and aspirations, no matter who they are or their circumstances. It means being able to physically move around the community, feeling included as a member of the community and being treated with equality and dignity ...
If you attended our convention in Denver (in July 2013), you know what an awesome learning experience it was. Now, you can listen to 55 of the conference workshops - which is probably about 50 more than you were able to attend while you were there!
If you were unable to attend this year's convention, here's your opportunity to learn from the best, on topics that cover the lifetime of individuals with Down syndrome.
These recordings will be available for your unlimited viewing/listening until July 2014.
Of course, it is impossible for these recordings to capture the excitement and energy of our "giant family reunion", but you will be able to hear the latest developments and advancements from the Down syndrome community's leading voices, which were audio-recorded with sync to the presenter's PowerPoint (if used).
Some sessions from the Down Syndrome-Autism track are included.
Access to the 2013 conference recordings is $45 for NDSC members and $75 for non-NDSC members.
Women with intellectual disability experience abusive and violent relationships – both romantic and otherwise – at exceptionally high rates. Many programs designed to develop relationship skills and prevent violence are not accessible to them. Unfortunately, many service providers also mistakenly believe that women with intellectual disability do not need these skills, contributing to their vulnerability.
This FREE training program is designed to change all of that
This is a primary prevention program, meaning that it is specifically designed to prevent personal, intimate partner, domestic and sexual violence before it happens. It takes a broad approach, addressing both service providers and women with intellectual disability to ensure coherence in supporting women in their personal lives.
The training program is being run in three key regions around NSW. (Specific locations will be available upon RSVP). We are seeking your assistance particularly in reaching women with intellectual disability and encouraging and supporting them to attend. As a primary prevention program, this training is for all women with intellectual disability, including those not currently in a relationship.
RSVP Weds 25 September
RSVP - Monday 18 November
RSVP - Weds 4 DecemberMuch more information about the content and purpose of the program and registration is available from the People with Disability website, here
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I'm extremely proud to support the Sunnyfield UnBard arts and TV program. UnBard will be Australia's first accessible creative community forum, enabling thousands of people to share and access Community, Culture and Arts programs by showcasing drama, music, dance and multimedia activities created through collaborations with people with disabilities, independent film makers and emerging artists. It will be a positive platform for people with or without a disability to share their creative stories, showcase their individual talents and celebrate their community achievements. UnBard TV will engage and capture your imagination and open the doors for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations to Sunnyfield on this groundbreaking innovative project." Rachel Ward - Ambassador for Sunnyfield
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"The Australian Parliament has a shared commitment to provide a better deal for Australians with disability. The Coalition has enthusiastically supported each milestone on the road to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
In the words of Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott “the NDIS is an idea whose time has come.”
Our support for the NDIS is unequivocal ... read the whole post here.
Share widely, talk, contribute and let's make this OUR magazine. You can email email@example.com with letters, stories or rants.A snippet from this first issue:
The values of inclusion
Everyone is born in
All means all
Everyone needs to be in
Everyone needs to be with
Everyone is ready
Everyone needs support – some more than others
Everyone can communicate
Everyone can learn
Everyone can contribute
Together we are better
Much of the reason for this toolkit is due to the large number of requests DA NSW receives each year from parents whose children are experiencing problems at school – many of whom have been suspended or expelled for behaviours associated with their disability.
The aim of this toolkit is to provide a comprehensive guide for parents and advocates in relation to the NSW education system. The toolkit provides information on support funding, discipline, WH & S issues, bullying and discrimination. We hope that this toolkit will provide students with disabilities as well as their parents and advocates with useful information, including self-advocacy skills.Disability Advocacy NSW provides advocacy services for people with disability in the Hunter, New England and Mid-North Coast regions of NSW Australia.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed a special guide to help parents and families of children with Down syndrome. This document focuses on medical topics that affect physical health. Other issues can affect social and school success. While these issues may not require doctors or other medical resources, they are still important issues for children with Down syndrome.
Click here to download the complete guide, "Health Care Information for Families of Children with Down Syndrome" (PDF).
The medical issues for a child with Down syndrome change with age. For this reason, the document is divided into several age groups (available as PDF downloads below). Each age group includes a list of issues that may be important to your child at that age.
The information in these guidelines has grown with the help of families, Down syndrome clinics, and doctors around the world. Most of the information is easy to follow. Many tests only need to be done once. Some areas might need to be looked at again, or even many times, as the child grows to an adult. Some tests or pediatric specialists might be needed that are not available in your area. Your doctor can help to sort out the best next steps when something can’t be done quickly or nearby. Healthy Children (AAP website)
Who will be good? Who will be evil? Together, can they take responsibility for our world? Can we?
The Mail Online suggests there could be a “cure” for Down’s syndrome, saying that scientists have “discovered a way to reverse the learning difficulties caused by the condition”. It is not apparent from this headline that the research in question was carried out in mice, not people with Down’s syndrome.