Parent Support Services

Parents or family members of a person, who has Down syndrome, sometimes enjoy meeting and talking with others in a similar situation. Many people enjoy getting to know another family; while others may just want someone they can call and talk to. Knowing someone in a similar situation can help ease anxiety and lead to useful connections.

  1. Parent Supporters – Our parent supporters all have a son or daughter with Down syndrome and have voluntarily undergone training through the Canberra Institute of Technology to ensure they provide appropriate help and support. It is important to be able to talk freely about your experiences and concerns – confidentiality is an essential part of our parent support services.
  2. Information and Support – Our parent supporters are able to provide assistance in areas such as antenatal support, education, health, recreation, respite, employment, accommodation and other support services.
  3. Social Connection – The ACT Down Syndrome Association organises a range of activities for people with Down syndrome and their families.
  4. Ongoing Support– We are aware that your need for support and information is not only limited to the time immediately following the birth of your child. We would like to reassure you that, based on your needs, you may request support at any stage of your son or daughter’s development.

Parent Supporters are not professional counsellors, but they are parents of children with Down syndrome and are therefore not trained to give professional advice. They can however, help you find out about services that will be useful to you and help you make connections with others.

For Parent Support please contact the ACT Down Syndrome Association Office via telephone or Email. Contact details can be found here

If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering service and we will return your call as soon as possible.