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New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

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    The NZ Down Syndrome Association is a family/whānau driven organization.

    VISION

    People with Down syndrome are valued and equal members of their community, fulfilling their goals.

    MISSION

    To work alongside families, whānau and carers to support and empower people with Down syndrome to realise their potential and aspirations through all life stages and within all communities.

    ESSENCE

    Accept, understand, connect.

    Primary aims:

    • To inform and support families/whanau
    • To promote and advocate for positive attitudes
    • To promote the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome
    • To review policies and lobby government, and other agencies

    The NZDSA offers:

    • new parent support - through trained support parents
    • national coordinator
    • regional groups - activities throughout thirteen centres in New Zealand including coffee mornings, family events, guest speakers and individual support and advocacy
    • newsletter - a quarterly update of news, information and stories, sent to all members
    • information packs - for schools, professionals, family and friends
    • website www.nzdsa.org.nz
    • freephone number 0800 NZDSAI - so parents and professionals can easily be linked to support parents or a central information number
    Advocacy
    Information & support
    Injury, illness or disability

    Age groups

    • Child / Tamariki
    • Youth / Rangatahi
    • Adult / Pakeke