-  Inclusive Education Webinar Series read more»

-  Disability Connect Seminars & Meetings (April) read more»

-  Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre 'Tune In'  Programme read more»

-  Choices Workshop - Funshop (NZDSA) read more»

-  Supporting Decision-Making Workshop read more»

-  Down Syndrome Swimming Australia National Championships 2017  read more»

-  World Down Syndrome Day 2017  read more»
Inclusive Education Webinar Series
Yes, we still have spaces available for the Inclusive Education Webinar series.  So register now to secure your place.

IHC Advocacy and NZDSA invite you to register for a free series of webinars focused on Inclusive Education.

These webinars have been developed for families of the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association.

You can join our session by using a Mac, PC or a mobile device. Once registered, you will receive confirmation and instructions on how to test your connection.


Episode 1: Thursday 23rd March 11:00am – 12:00pm

Inclusive Education and your child’s rights under the law
Presented by: Trish Grant, Director of Advocacy IHC New Zealand | Zandra Vaccarino, National Executive Officer NZDSA


Episode 2: Tuesday 11th April 11:00am – 12:00 pm

Voices and Reflections: Students and parents share their experiences
Guest Presenters: Katrina and Greg Sneath | Duncan and Ian Armstrong


Episode 3: Tuesday 23rd May 11:00 – 12:00pm

A School’s perspective
Guest presenters: Mark Potter, Principal Berhampore School | Giovanni Tiso, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Berhampore School | Maree Kirk, NZDSA


Episode 4: Monday 19th June 11:00 – 12:00pm

Advocacy – How to speak up and be heard
Presented by: Trish Grant, IHC New Zealand Director of Advocacy | Heather Lear, IHC Advocacy
Zandra Vaccarino, National Executive Officer NZDSA
Guest presenter: Ministry of Education Representative

Disability Connect Seminars & Meetings
Important Notice
Disabiltiy Connect now charges $20 including GST for each professional working in the Disability Sector attending our seminars. This can be paid by cash, cheque (made out to our full organisation name Parent and Family Resource Centre Inc) or direct debit. We do not accept credit card or Eftpos payments. We are happy to send an invoice at the time of booking. Payment is required prior to attendance.

Detailed information on the following seminars or workshops is available via the Disability Connect website.

  • Chinese Families Autism Support Group Meeting
  • Indian and South Asian Families caring for their Disabled/Special Needs Family Members Monthly Support Group Meeting
  • Education Legal Issues
  • Individualised Funding (IF) Including Respite
  • Living Options Seminars
  • Planning for Adulthood - The Legal Framework around Disability and Disability Rights
  • Transition Seminars
  • Work & Income Support SeminarsSupport groups – Disability Connect
  • Transition Expo​ 

Disability Connect: Seminar Ideas

Disability Connect is interested in your feedback for possible one off seminars in the second half of 2017. Our chart gives you a few ideas and we would like to know what is most important and what you would like to be covered. Feel free to make suggestions that are not on this list. Email: with suggestions.
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Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre 'Tune In'  Programme

Dates: Term 2 starts 1 May 2017
Venue: Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, 15 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Auckland

“Tune In” groups are co-led by a music therapist and speech therapist and use musical activities to develop social and functional language skills. A preschool group for ages 2-5 was launched at the start of 2016, and after a great response they have added a school age group for ages 6-10 in 2017. The groups are organised around themes to help children develop their vocabularies and language comprehension, while allowing for plenty of opportunities for the development of social skills and friendships through peer engagement and musical games.
The preschool group is designed for the children to attend with caregivers, while this is optional for the school age children. Families are asked to register for a term at a time and enrolment is limited to seven children, so if you have a child who you would like to refer you can suggest that caregivers enrol through the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre website or email Rachel Farrell, Centre Administrator for more information.

Choices Workshop - Funshop for all our members in Auckland (15 and 29 June 2017)

What is a Funshop?
A Funshop is a place to learn and talk about making choices and decisions, a place to have fun and a place to spend time with old and new friends.

What will we talk about at the Funshop?

  • Your right to make your own decisions

  • What helps you to make decisions

  • What gets in the way of making decisions

  • Choosing the right support to help you make decisions

Choices Workshop flyer (PDF)»

Supporting Decision-Making Workshop for all our members in Auckland (14 and/or 28 June 2017)

The NZDSA is delighted to be calling for expressions of interest from families/whānau and people who provide support or education to people with Down syndrome in Auckland to attend a Supporting Decision-Making Workshop facilitated by the Community Advocacy Team at IHC. The workshop facilitators are active supporters and advocates for our community and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience which they have shared with us at sessions at the NZDSA Forum, STRIVE training funshops, as well as the Supported Decision-Making workshops which they have facilitated for the Manawatū and Canterbury Down Syndrome Communities.

At the workshops you will:

  • Explore what Supported Decision-Making is and why we all need to know about it

  • Increase your skills for supporting others to make decisions

  • Share ideas about some of the challenges
  • Build on your knowledge for ensuring the people you support are getting what they need

Supporting Decision-Making Workshop flyer (PDF)»

Down Syndrome Swimming Australia National Championships 2017
Where: Geelong, Australia
When: 23 and 24 September 2017
This event is open to New Zealand swimmers with Down syndrome who are keen on some fun and competition. See the flyer for more information or contact Libby Mitchell at
World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), observed on 21 March every year, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International (DSi) organises and promotes many activities for WDSD.
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