Address details

Down Syndrome NSW
Level 6/410 Church St, North Parramatta
9am-5pm Monday - Thursday
T: 9841 444

Other 2017 events

These links provide information about events run by other organisations that might be of interest to people with Down syndrome, their families, carers and professionals who support them.

Ongoing events/calendars:
Relationships and Private Stuff - social events, training, relationships counselling
Centre for Disability Studies (University of Sydney) 
Family Advocacy NSW 
Resourcing Families 
May – August 2017 
Ashfield, Botany, La Perouse, Marrickville, Nowra, Port Macquarie, Ryde, Shellharbour, Strathfield, Sutherland, Ulladulla, Waverly
Carers NSW
Do you care for someone with an NDIS package? 
Carers NSW is running a series of Carers and the NDIS workshops designed to help carers get the best outcome from the NDIS for the person they care for and for themselves. Dates for locations across NSW.

We're Very Serious- taking artists with disability seriously
6 June 2017 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Vivid Sydney
How do theatre makers, performers, visual artists and dancers with disability get taken seriously as artists? 
Join three recent Winston Churchill Fellows Sarah-Vyne Vassallo (Murmuration), Gabrielle Mordy (studio A) and Alison Richardson (RUCKUS) as they speak about their important findings across Europe, the United States and United Kingdom where they each explored professional inclusive arts practice ... The event will be MC’d by RUCKUS ensemble member, Tropfest Award winning actor and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities Gerard O’Dwyer.

6 June - 13 August 2017 - Art Gallery of NSW and Seven Hills
Front Up
Discover is a FREE, 12 week arts and cultural program led by Western Sydney artists Daniel Kojta and George Tillianakis. You will have the opportunity to explore various art practices, work on your skill set within a professional arts environment, whilst focusing on building self-confidence as an artist.
Creative people aged 17-35, with disability or the experience of mental health concerns who are interested in developing their current skills sets and engaging with professional artists and educators to work towards furthering their education and employment opportunities...

Screenability Program at the Sydney Film Festival
7 - 18 June 2017 - Sydney
The focus of Screenability is to grow participation via internships with a wide range of industry professionals, showcasing productions by filmmakers with disability in a festival context, and providing best practice in building diversity in the screen industries. 
The programming of titles for Screenability has been a stimulating process, and has uncovered creatives with talent and dedication eager to own the disability narrative. There are many films about disability, but today’s projects made by those with lived experience of disability offer the most startling, provocative and authentic cinema.

9:30 am – 3:00 pm Friday 9 June 2017
New Law School Annex, University of Sydney
Centre for Disability Studies and Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID) NSW
What does the research tell us? What action do we need to take to improve the quality?
What are the alternatives?
Who should attend? 
Those in a leadership role of accommodation support services including CEOs and senior managers; Families of people with intellectual disability; Service coordinators/case workers; Funders; Professional staff who support individuals living in group homes
Presented by Professor Christine Bigby (La Trobe University, Living with Disability Research Centre)

21 June 2017 - Camperdown
Centre for Disability Studies
An information session facilitated by Jemima MacDonald and Laura Hogan that will provide a brief introduction and opportunity to explore relationships and sexuality for people with disabilities.
The course is targeted towards service providers, clinicians, case coordinators and educators, however anyone with an interest in the area is welcome to attend.

Right Relationships
Wednesday 21 June 2017 - Bomaderry
Thursday 22 June 2017 - Lidcombe
Friday 23 June 2017 - Newcastle 

Resourcing Families
  • A free workshop for people with disability, family members and their friends 
  • How to create a partnership between families and services that really works
  • Presented by Margaret and Jeremy Ward

Restrictive Practices - an exploration of the fundamental issues that arise with the use of restrictive practices within human services
Friday 30 June 2017 - Parramatta 

Family Advocacy
An exploration of the fundamental issues that arise with the use of restrictive practices within human services. Find out how different restrictive practices are used, the personal and social costs involved, and guidelines for how to approach the use of restraints.
Presenter: Dr Marc Tumeinski

Medical Safeguarding: the urgent issue of protecting the lives of vulnerable people within medical settings
9am - 4.30pm Saturday 1 July 2017 - Parramatta 
Family Advocacy
Protecting the lives of vulnerable people in medical settings. This workshop will examine complexities around medical settings and provide strategies for upholding protective measures. Highly relevant for medical staff and professionals seeking to better support people with disability in medical environments. 
Presenter: Jo Massarelli

Livin’ The Dream 
(US) National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention
20 - 23 July 2017 - Sacromento, California
Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the NDSC Annual Convention. For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. However, for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC “giant family reunion” feeling that permeates the convention weekend.

  • PARENTS learn from the best, as internationally known experts come to Sacramento to share their knowledge across the life span of individuals with DS.
  • SELF ADVOCATES join together with over 300 friends from across the world to learn, share, become empowered and have an amazing time!
  • SIBLINGS share and learn alongside peers, from each other, as well as from professionals.
  • VOLUNTEERS have the experience of a lifetime by volunteering in an number of capacities available.

Ripple Effect 2017 + 2018
August 2017 - September 2018 - Cootamundra NSW
Murmuration Integrated Theatre
Murmuration is working in collaboration with The Arts Centre Cootamundra to facilitate a series of inclusive creative workshops throughout 2017 and 2018. 
Across three art forms participants will take part in a creative development process culminating in a presentation and showcase. Participants will be taught by and exchange with professional artists with and without disability. 
The workshops are designed to inspire and engage a diverse range of people’s interests, needs and abilities.

Down Syndrome Research Forum
19 and 20 September 2017 - University of Hertfordshire, UK
Down Syndrome Education International
The Down Syndrome Research Forum is a regular international event where researchers and practitioners meet to discuss current research, recent findings and implications for practice. 
Researchers and postgraduate students from throughout the UK, Europe, and elsewhere are invited to attend. We also encourage contributions from education and healthcare professionals working with people with Down Syndrome. We also welcome parents of children with Down syndrome and others with an interest in the detail of current research.

7th International Carers Conference
4 - 6 October 2017 - Adelaide
Carers Australia
The conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, providing a catalyst for innovation and collaboration; sharing improvements in the way we support unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities. 
... This conference will focus on the future, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and showcase innovation in policy and practice ... (and) will bring together key stakeholders across a broad range of community and business sectors: policy-makers, community leaders, business leaders, researchers, grassroots advocates, practitioners, consumers and carers. 

Pushing the boundaries 
8 - 10 November 2017 - Hobart, Tasmania
Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability Conference 2017

The theme 'Pushing the Boundaries' reflects the major challenges facing all communities who desire to realise the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In Australasia, it encompasses the issues arising from new approaches to service provision such as increased self-direction, choice and control. ASID’s focus is research to practice – the dialogue between researchers, practitioners, service providers, governments, families and people with intellectual disability which has the goal of finding better ways to support inclusion for individuals and to change systems.


30 May - 1 June 2018 - Birmingham, UK

Inclusion International
The World Congress will bring together people and organisations from all over the world to learn from and inspire each other. Together we will lead the way in making inclusion a reality for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.  
The event brings together self-advocates, families, and professionals to:
  • learn and share experiences from around the world about issues and challenges faced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families as well as strategies that have been successful in achieving achieve change
  • inspire and be inspired by successes and innovations for inclusive practices
  • lead the way as a global movement in promoting inclusive communities.

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