ADSA’s Education Courses
ADSA believes that students with Down syndrome learn best in a mainstream inclusive environment where they can participate in the daily life of their community. We also recognise that some families choose to place their children in a special school/satellite school.

All students regardless of their ability are by right, eligible to enroll at their local school with their friends and siblings.

For more information on inclusion in schools of children with Down syndrome please look at the PDF link "Learning Better Together".

Auckland Down Syndrome Association has revamped their “Down Syndrome – Success in School” course and are very pleased to announce this is now a 2-day course with a variety of speakers.
Day 1 (7 August 2017): Facilitator Rachel Price
09.00 – 09.30 am Strive members *
09.30 – 10.30 am Inclusion, IEAG (Inclusive Education Action Group)
10.30 – 10.45 am Morning tea
10.45 – 12.45 pm Learning profile of students with DS and Numeracy and how to adapt the curriculum, Margi Leech (parent, teacher and Numicon rep in NZ)
12.45 – 13.45 pm Lunch
13.45 – 15.45 pm Behaviour and friendships + Q&A, Phillippa Lilburn (Psychologist)
15.45 - 16.00 pm Intro to Narrative Assessment
15.30  End of the day

 *Strive is a group of young adults with Down syndrome who have been working with the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA), learning skills to allow them to speak for and represent the voice of people with Down syndrome. They will be sharing about their schooling experiences in NZ and their hopes and dreams for their lives, giving the audience a chance to see the capability of people with Down syndrome rather than their deficits.

Day 2 (14 August 2017): Facilitator Tracey Elder
09.00 – 09.15 am Welcome back and sharing
09.15 - 10.30 am Narrative assessment, Tracey Elder (parent and teacher involved with roll-out of narrative assessment in Auckland)
10.30 – 10.45 am Morning tea
10.45 – 12.15 am Use of visual supports and strategies to support learning in the inclusive setting, Sarah Goodall (Specialist Therapist)
12.15 – 13.15 pm Lunch
13.15 - 14.45 pm
Literacy and Writing and how to adapt the curriculum, Nanji Lauten, Specialist Teacher Outreach Service, Senior Teacher
15.00 pm  End of the day
The course is planned for Monday 7 August (day 1) and Monday 14 August (day 2) and is for SENCO’s, teachers, teacher aides, specialist staff, occupational therapists and parent educators. These are two full day courses  from 09.00 am to 4.00 pm, and held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre. Click here for the map.
Cost $350 (GST inclusive) per person. Morning tea and lunch provided. 
Registration is secure with payment. Please book by sending an email to the Community Liaison Officer ( with the names of the attendees and their role in your school. For more information contact Christel van Baalen, Community Liaison Officer for the Auckland Down Syndrome Association on (09) 527 0060 or Once your email has been received, ADSA will send an invoice through their accounting system Reckon OnLine. When you receive an invoice this means that you are booked on this course.
No refunds given when cancelling up to five days before the course, however, you may transfer your booking. 
When cancelling your booking on the day, this incurs a cost of $75.
“Together”: a SWIFT film on Integrated Educational Framework
"Together" is a SWIFT film by Dan Habib. The film features one of the SWIFT domains, Integrated Educational Framework, and features schools in Maryland, Mississippi and Oregon implementing the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT). SWIFT is a national K through 8 technical assistance center that builds school capacity to provide academic and behavioral support to improve outcomes for all students through equity-based inclusion. To learn more about the 5 SWIFT domains and 10 features, see the SWIFT guide at
View film here ►

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