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!

 

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. Read more…

Meetings

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. 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Most ‘functional maths’ programs focus on outdated skills, such as using coins and calculating change.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…

Reading development in children with Down syndrome: Research and practice for Parents & Carers – by Dr Kathy Cologon

In this workshop, Dr Kathy Cologon provides an overview of the key elements of learning to read, common barriers to reading success, and addresses current research findings in the area of reading development in children with Down syndrome. Kathy explores and debunks common myths and considers key issues for facilitating reading success in children with Down syndrome.

Kathy focuses on the application of research findings to teaching reading to children with Down syndrome, including practical examples and key strategies for supporting the development of reading comprehension, phonological awareness and phonic decoding through experiential learning. Read more…

Reading development in children with Down syndrome: Research and practice for Professionals – by Dr Kathy Cologon

In this workshop, Dr Kathy Cologon provides an overview of the key elements of learning to read, common barriers to reading success, and addresses current research findings in the area of reading development in children with Down syndrome. Kathy explores and debunks common myths and considers key issues for facilitating reading success in children with Down syndrome.

Kathy focuses on the application of research findings to teaching reading to children with Down syndrome, including practical examples and key strategies for supporting the development of reading comprehension, phonological awareness and phonic decoding through experiential learning. Read more…