Morning Tea for Young Families

ACTDSA  will be organising another 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: Friday 9th September 2016

Time: 10:00am to 12:00noon

Place: Citrus Cafe at Mawson Club, Heard Street, Mawson.

For those who are not Mawson Club members, there will be a sheet at the front desk for you to sign in.

Please let our Parent Support Coordinator know if you can make it by Wednesday 7th September, by emailing

Make sure you some along for a cuppa and a chat. It will be lovely to see you and the little ones there!

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Most ‘functional maths’ programs focus on outdated skills, such as using coins and calculating change.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

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…