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A heartfelt thank you to all our members and wider community for your participation and support throughout 2020. We made it!

Now we shift our focus to 2021 and there's a lot to look forward to in the coming year including our Family Fun Day in March, a variety of workshops and information sessions and hopefully a return to more face-to-face engagement, which will be a welcome change.

We're also thrilled to announce that as a result of changes to the constitution being passed at the Annual General Meeting in October, DSV membership will be free for the foreseeable future - helping improve our accessibility and enabling DSV to reach a broader audience.

We look forward to sharing more about this opportunity and other exciting news in the new year!

In the meantime, wishing you all a very happy and safe festive season.
From Daniel Payne - CEO, and the team at Down Syndrome Victoria.
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DSV Christmas break

Our team is taking a well-deserved break over the Christmas period from Thursday 24 December and reopening Monday 11 January 2021

Family Support will remain available during this time for prenatal and new baby enquiries. Please ring 0403 702 032.

For urgent support through this period, you can also call:

Meet our new DSV team members!

Earlier this year, Down Syndrome Victoria was successful in obtaining an NDIA Individual Capacity Building grant to establish the Down Syndrome Advisory Network Victoria (DSANVic). Since then DSV have been working hard to develop the DSANVic with the aim of providing a stronger voice for adults with Down syndrome to influence DSV operations and strategic decision making.

We are thrilled to announce the first DSANVic members. Congratulations to: Matt O’Neil, Colby Hickey, Jenny Bowden, Dominique Ressom, Katherine Mansour, Keziah Glenane, and Emily Porter.

We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the expressions of interest we received and would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply. 

Our DSANVic members are passionate about developing new ideas, strengthening community understanding of Down syndrome, and advocacy.

DSANVic members will raise issues that they believe are important, discuss their own experiences and opinions, and advise the DSV Board regarding these. Together we will tackle issues such as:

  • Having a voice
  • Access and Equity
  • Diversity
  • Using resources wisely
  • Capacity Building

We look forward to welcoming the DSANVic to our team and sharing more about each individual member in the coming weeks. We would also like to thank everyone who expressed interest in these roles and look forward to exploring new opportunities alongside you in 2021.

If you have any enquiries regarding the DSANVic please direct them to Madison King

Click the link below to learn more about the DSANVic members and what they're each passionate about.


Family Fun Day 2021 - save the date!

We're now gearing up for our next community event in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day - Family Fun Day 2021!

We have some exciting news to share in the new year regarding the location of next year's event so please bear with us while we put everything in place! 

For now, be sure to mark the date in your diary...

What: Family Fun Day 2021
When: World Down Syndrome Day - Sunday 21 March 2021

We look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

Episode 3, out now!

In Episode 3 of the podcast, DSV’s Paula Kilgallon and Stephanie Papaleo interview Professor Nicole Rinehart and Dr Ana Mantilla of AllPlay Learn. The AllPlay Learn program translates inclusive practices from educational policy and evidence-based research to school classrooms and early years settings to ensure meaningful outcomes for children and young people with developmental challenges and disabilities.

During their conversation, Paula, Steph, Nicole and Ana talk about:

  • What the AllPlay Learn program is and how it has evolved
  • What features of the AllPlay Learn program may be beneficial to families who have a child with Down syndrome
  • The types of resources that have been created as part of the AllPlay Learn program
  • How AllPlay Learn can support inclusive learning in schools
  • And more.

To learn more about our podcast and listen to other episodes as they become available, click here.

Visit our education resources and learn more about Down Syndrome Victoria’s Education Support Service here.

Let us know what you think!

We'd love to hear your thoughts, feedback or ideas about which topics you'd like to hear about in our upcoming episodes. Please email


Staying safe online

Our recent cyber safety workshops were some of our most popular this year, in a time where we've had to rely on technology more than ever to stay informed and connected.

If you want to learn about how to use the internet safely and ways to protect your personal information, you can now also access this Easy Read guide from Down Syndrome Australia.

Dreams come true at Dulce Gelataria

For many years, veteran gelato chef Daniel Chayan dreamt about opening his own store and creating a community gathering place where you could run into neighbours, spend time with family or simply treat yourself. In late November, that dream became reality with Dulce Gelateria opening its doors in Greensborough.

Complementing Daniel's more than 20 years experience is his wife, three children and daughter in law. 

Co-Owners Guido Chayan and Alexandra Giuliani said that, in particular, Daniel's 17 year-old son who has Down syndrome, Jerry, is the final piece of the puzzle.

"By joining the team Jerry is realising his dream of working with his dad. He loves working at the front of house - cleaning and making sure everything is in order. He also loves helping in the kitchen and trying to sneak in a taste of gelato too," said Alexandra.

Jerry said he wanted to join the team to help his dad and brother Guido and because of his love for gelato. And of the more than 80 flavours at Dulce Gelateria, including their signature blends of liquorice, dulce de leche and hokey pokey, Jerry's top picks are the classic chocolate and vanilla. 

To learn more about Dulce Gelateria, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages. 


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If you have a story, achievement or milestone you would like to share with the DSV community, we'd love to hear from you. Please email
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