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ADSA Social Clubs: run by Recreate NZ

Held the first Saturday of each month. There are two Social Clubs, one for members 13 to 17 years of age and the other one for 18 years and older. 
If you have not already done so, please fill out and return a ADSA Social Club registration form ASAP.

IHC: New Community Liaison Coordinator
Iris Philip is the new Community Liaison Coordinator at IHC and its service arm IDEA Services in Counties Auckland. She will be helping families and children with an intellectual disability to navigate and access services and supports, from diagnosis to linking into agencies and Ministries.
IHC are excited to offer this free service to people in the Counties community who have an intellectual disability and may be struggling academically, socially, emotionally, or behaviourally. They can also assist students or school leavers who may need support with transitioning from school into training or employment. Iris is more than happy to meet with you/or for you to pass her details onto families for them to make contact with her. Email:​​​​​​​
IHC Making Rights Real Webinar
A series of two presentations focusing on the Human Rights of people with intellectual disability. Once registered you can join either the PPP&R Act at 12:30pm or the Financial and Medical decisions and consents at 1:45pm or both presentations.
Registration and more info»
Never Again E Kore Ano
The Human Rights Commission have recently launched an open letter to the Prime Minister and public campaign for an inquiry into the historic abuse of New Zealanders held in state care. Iwi leaders, disability advocates, academics, current and former Human Rights Commissioners as well as survivors have signed the initial open letter.
Please find the letter and further information below. We hope to see a groundswell of support from all New Zealanders as well as those with large social media followings. We invite you to sign the letter and encourage you to disseminate this information widely. The NeverAgain website is and hash tag #NeverAgain #EKoreAno.
If you wish to discuss or have any questions please contact either: Paul Gibson, Disability Rights Commissioner ( or Karen Johansen, Indigenous Rights Commissioner (
Open Letter (PDF)»
Open Letter Te Reo (PDF)»
Further Information (PDF)»

Sprout: Sprout is dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities grow through challenging, creative and fun experiences that enhance socialization, self-confidence and inclusion. The 2017 online brochure is ready!  This will be our 39th year of providing travel for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Online brochure»
Documentaries and Films

 Down TV

"Down TV is a more than a video library where you can watch videos related to Down's Syndrome. You can also share your own and make our community aware of all the news and abilities of people with Down's Syndrome.

We want to share with you the best video of the month, so you can enjoy of all the benefits of Down TV.

Today we are sending you "There Is Nothing Down About Down's Syndrome", where some parents explain their first reactions and their share their stories."

»Down TV Website

 'Brooklyn Love Tales'

A 12-minute documentary made through Sprout's Make-A-Movie Program. It is a personal look into the lives of three couples with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Each couple share funny and celebratory anecdotes as well as their deeply personal adversities. You can check out the free stream or it is available for purchase on Sproutflix, the film distribution site with over 200 unique films featuring people with IDD. Special offer through October 1st: get 20% off for downloads and DVDs of Brooklyn Love Tales – use discount code BLT20.

“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 ►

Request for series on Down syndrome

The Attitude Group is interested in doing a series on Down syndrome next year. Researcher Neti Fa'au would like to speak with people with Down syndrome and their whānau about their experiences. If you would like to be part of this project, please contact Neti via email or phone (09) 378 1564  or 027 773 6478. There is no pressure for you to participate and please feel free to circulate this request to anyone you think may be interested. Watch Attitude on TV ONE, or visit
DSE News
DSE's books, films and teaching programs are developed and supported by internationally recognised experts at Down Syndrome Education International, a UK registered charity, and Down Syndrome Education USA, a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our teaching materials and apps are published by Down Syndrome Education Enterprises CIC - a nonprofit social enterprise wholly owned by Down Syndrome Education International. Proceeds from sales of our resources support future scientific research and development and services to further improve education for children with Down syndrome.
»DSE website

IHC Friendship and Skill-Based Programme

Friendship Programme

IHC’s volunteer friendship programme is about making a positive change in your life and gaining a new friend in the process. It is about spending time doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, with a volunteer from IHC. The relationship is one-to-one. This means you spend time with only one person, so you both to get to know each other. You and the volunteer choose how you spend your time. It could be taking the dog for a walk, seeing a movie, or going to a café for a coffee. It is not time specific. There is choice. There is flexibility. The emphasis is on being out in the community having fun – together.

Skill based programme.

The skill-based programme is about developing a friendship and working together with a volunteer toward achieving a goal. We’ll pair you up with someone with similar interests then work out a step by step plan working toward achieving a goal. You will meet with them either weekly or fortnightly for a couple of hours to build up skills – hopefully you‘ll have a few laughs at the same time! Goals you could achieve include, learning to access public transport independently, joining a sports team or other fitness options, cooking, social media use, using a cell phone or camera, extra support when starting a volunteer role or even joining a singing group! 
If interested please contact: Lisa Diggins IHC Volunteer Coordinator 021 244 2686

If your child has been diagnosed with Autism you may want to check all that is available through this link.
Looking for Support Staff?
If you receive Disability Support Services funding you can find people looking for work in your area with MyCare for free.

The Ministry of Health has funded access to MyCare for people who receive DSS funding (including Individualised Funding and Carer Support Subsidy).

MyCare allows you to search worker profiles, post jobs, and contact workers. Hundreds of workers have already created profiles at MyCare.

Joining the free service is easy:

1) You’ll need your NHI number and the name of your NASC (needs assessment) service.
2) Fill out this form.
3) Choose a Password and your MyCare account will be created.

After you join you will be able to find workers in no time!

For more information email or Phone 0800 677 700. 
Visual Aids for Learning
Visual Aids for Learning is a company that develops images to streamline and support learning, empowering people to participate and achieve independence.

The free downloads are supported from revenue generated by online advertising on our website. We encourage you to visit our website often as we are continually updating these products and adding new images.

Third Party Newsletters
Achieve 2B  monthly newsletter (July 2017)

AttitudeLive newsletter (April 2017)

Carers NZ newsletter (October 2016)

Circability's newsletter (March 2017)

Dance Therapy NZ newsletter (Winter 2017)

Disability Connect e-bulletin (week beginning 31 July)

Down's Heart Group newsletter (Issue 59)

IHC Hot Issues (July 2017)

Idea Services workshops, parent education programmes, arts therapy sessions and more (August 2016)

Interacting News (PDF) (Term 1 2017)

NZDSA Enews (28 July 2017)

Numicon newsletter (October 2016)

Parent to Parent magazine (March 2017)

Parent to Parent newsletter (July 2017)

Raukatauri newsletter (Winter 2017)

Recreate Term 3 2017

Recreate newsletter (March 2017)

TDSA newsletter (October 2016 - May 2017)

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