ACT DSA- Welcome!

Welcome to the ACT Down Syndrome Association.

On our site you will find news and information for members of the Association, as well as information about Down syndrome and links to other useful sites.

Ours is a small but active Association. Please be sure to return to this site regularly to see what’s happening!


Morning Tea for Young Families

Our ACTDSA Parent Support Coordinator, Rebecca Clack, has organised a morning tea for families with young children with Down syndrome, providing a great opportunity for those interested to meet some new families and catch up with old friends

Date: This Sat 9 July 2016

Time: 10:00am to 12:00noon

Place: Theiss House, Reynell Place, Kambah.

Theiss House has a kitchen, playroom, and fully enclosed yard and siblings are of course very welcome.

The President of the ACT Down Syndrome Association, Alicia Flake-Koné, will be joining us to give a talk on the early days with a child with Down syndrome.

Come along for a cuppa and a chat. It would be lovely to see you and the little ones there!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

All members of the ACT Down Syndrome Association (ACTDSA) are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association on Thursday 29th September 2016, in the large meeting room of the SHOUT office at 7:00 pm.


Our General Committee Meetings are open for any member to attend – please come along whenever you want to and feel free to contribute ideas and thoughts about events you would like to see happen and the direction you would like to see the ACT DSA go.

Meetings start at 7:30 pm in the small meeting room (except for AGM) of Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place, Pearce (opposite the Pearce shops) and usually finish by 10pm.

(THE AGM is held on a Thurs at an earlier time in the large meeting room at the same address.) Read more…

2016 Alderson Awards

On Wednesday 23 March the ACT Down Syndrome Association celebrated the 2016 Alderson Awards as part of our World Down Syndrome Day program of events.

What a great night it was! Food, wine, music, dancing, speeches, raffles – even attempts at flying planes across the room, with some attempts a lot more successful than others, but all great fun!

And, of course, there were inspirational stories of people in our community achieving significant milestones.

It was our privilege to award Darren Tait the Alderson Family Award for Achievement.

This award is presented to a person with Down syndrome who has achieved a significant milestone in his or her life over the past year. Darren is a keen sportsperson and has never shied away from competition. Competing in the Special Olympics for the past 24 years, Darren has represented Australia on many occasions and has won several medals along the way. His hard work, commitment, desire to fulfil his dreams and his contribution to the community, make Darren a very worthy recipient of this award. Well done Darren! Read more…

Money Matters for learners with Down syndrome

The ACT Down Syndrome Association proudly presents:

Money Matters for learners with Down syndrome with Dr Rhonda Faragher

Money skills are usually a challenge for learners with Down syndrome.

Most ‘functional maths’ programs focus on outdated skills, such as using coins and calculating change. This workshop explores key functional skills in financial literacy that will actually allow people with Down syndrome to participate in the adult world. Concepts will include understanding budgets, setting up electronic banking and using EFTPOS. Strategies for teaching and taking account of maths learning profiles will also be discussed. Participants will be invited to share approaches and strategies they find successful. Read more…