DNews June 2016
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It is that time of year – Membership renewals are due at the end of June
We have sent out an email but just in case you missed it ….
Yearly membership is priced at $60 per family and includes 
3 copies of VOICE delivered and membership rates on workshops

Existing members can log in here and renew their membership online. If you're unsure if you're an existing member or cannot remember your log in details please contact our office on 1300 658 873. 

You can also fill in this editable PDF and email it to us to process your payment..

If you wish to pay by phone, please call the office on 1300 658 873

Or you can post a cheque to: 18/71 Victoria Crescent, Abbotsford 3067

Make an End of Financial Year Donation


Make an End of Financial Year donation to Down Syndrome Victoria and support us to assist individuals and families living with Down syndrome.
Click here to download a donation form, or here to donate online.

Alternatively, you can call our office on 1300 658 873 or 9486 9600 to make a donation by phone.
DSV Comes to You - Bendigo

June 16 and 17 2016

Meet the Down Syndrome Victoria team members and other parents for dinner and a day of workshops to gather useful information.

Click here for more details and information on how to book.

SAVE THE DATES: DSV Comes to you Warrnambool:
Local pub meet and greet - Evening | Thursday August 25
Workshops TBC | Friday August 26

DSV at the Football in a Corporate Box
A fantastic experience was had by a number of DSV families in the Hyundai corporate box at Etihad stadium for the Carlton v Brisbane match.  Three Carlton players visited and had photos with excited children with each child receiving a beanie and scarf.  There was also face painting and delicious food throughout the day. And to top it off Carlton won! Thank you to Hyundai Help 4 Kids and the Carlton Football Club for your hospitality and providing such a great day for all!
Disability and Voting
There's an election coming up, and many of you might be wondering you are still required to vote if you have a disability - the answer is yes. Please see information on this at the government's website here.
Education Support Service delivers in Tasmania
During May, members of the Education Support Service team were invited to present professional development in three locations across Tasmania; Hobart, Launceston and Ulverstone. The committed members of Down Syndrome Tasmania rallied and were able to secure the financial backing of the Department of Education Tasmania to support the event with the prospect of it being an ongoing commitment for next year.  The relentless efforts of the organisers were well rewarded with a healthy turn out of families and professionals at each of the venues, nearly one hundred participants all up. The audiences emerged from Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and TAFE sectors. Educators from both the mainstream and specialist settings were well represented, along with personnel from the Department and allied services. To have parents and grandparents also in attendance was such a bonus. Their input and perspective reminded everyone of the value of all parties working in partnership to achieve the best outcome for the child in their care.

Ian Cook continues to represent the Service this week, visiting Catholic schools across Tasmania who are keen to have individual consultations for their students. Ian has been visiting Tasmania for a number of years now, sharing expertise and building relationships with schools and families who would otherwise have limited access to support.

Sheree, Ellie and Jo were so appreciative of the welcome extended to us by Kylee, Rebecca,  Debbie and Kim and their tireless campaigning for educational support for their children. We look forward to catching up again in 2017!

Club 21 Melbourne

May was a busy month for club 21er’s, we kicked off the month with a relaxing Sunday morning yoga session with Nicole, we enjoyed some light stretches and meditation and all felt very zenned by the end of the class.

On Sunday 15th May we went down to Bumpers By the Bay at Williamstown where the FJ-FX Holden Club were displaying club members cars and fundraising for Down Syndrome Victoria. There were so many spectacular cars, delicious food and a great fashion parade by the pin up girls. A massive thank you to all who were involved in the event especially the FJ-FX Holden Club and the Pin Up Girls, over $2,000 was raised on the day for DSV – amazing!  A special mention to Wyndham Sew and So’s for the generous donation which will be put towards the next StepUp! 

Finally, our last activity for May was an old favourite, karaoke! Members came with lists of their favourite songs, we warmed up our vocals on the tram ride over and we belted out some of the greatest hits spanning across several decades. 

Term three’s activities (July – September) will be released this week! Included in this term will be the Supporting Healthy Relationships and Sexuality workshop on Sunday 24th July, this workshop will run two concurrent sessions, one for adults with Down syndrome and one for parents/carers of adults with Down syndrome.

If you would like to join in the fun at Club 21 Melbourne please contact Casey or Kerry
Transition to Secondary School
A small group of parents and supportive friends gathered recently at the offices of Down Syndrome Victoria to explore the options that are available for secondary school placement for their children, who are soon to depart primary school. For many parents, the decision is a fairly clear cut one. Their child will attend the same school as his/her siblings. However, for many, the decision is a far more complex one. With influences such as community attitudes, resourcing, teacher education and parental expectations coming into play, a family must consider their own individual circumstances and make a decision accordingly. It was great on this night to have the opportunity to ask the questions, share the stories and to trouble shoot prevailing scenarios. To know that others are walking the same path is, in its own way, a great support. What these parents want for their child with Down syndrome is no different to what they want for their other children; a life that is rich in relationships, experiences, learning and purpose. Finding the right school that is prepared to design a pathway that has these goals in mind requires energy, persistence and a positive, open mind. We thank the attendees for their insight and their willingness to share information and ideas. Such a night is mutually beneficial for families and the network at DSV which strives to support families across the state.
Early Days Support Workshops 1 & 2
(Running Simultaneously)
DATE: Monday 27th June
TIME: 6:15pm to 9:15pm
VENUE: Down Syndrome Victoria’s Offices in Abbotsford

These workshops are designed to support parents and the family unit

Workshop One – For new parents                                                                           
The intent of Workshop One is to bring parents of babies with Down syndrome into one space in which you can not only access information, but can meet, share and unite with others in a similar situation. The evening is relaxed and quite informal to allow for the sharing of experiences and learning from others. 

Workshop Two – For parents of pre-school aged children
Workshop Two builds on information gathered at Workshop One but encourages families to look forward and to develop some visions and goals for their child and the family. It promotes effective use of services like Early Intervention and provides information about other services and supports available.

Please RSVP by 20 June to or phone Sue: 9486 9600 ext: 208 and indicate which workshop you would like to attend and any special dietary requirements.

*Please note that these workshops run with a minimum of 6 people or 3 couples, therefore, registering via email or phone is essential.

For more information contact familysupport@dsav.asn or see our website.
Looking ahead, leaving school – planning for the transition from school to adult life
Calling all parents of year 9, 10 and 11 students. Down Syndrome Victoria will be holding a workshop to assist you to navigate this next phase in your young person’s life: what are the options, what can you do now, what support is available. The workshop will be at our Abbotsford office  (Parking available at these times and light meal included).
Please send expressions of interest to for one of the following  times:
Thursday 3rd November 6.00pm to 9.30pm  
Friday 4th November 10.00am to 1.30pm
NDIS and Me Video
This video is a really useful resource for more information on the NDIS.

Call out for My Voice submissions

Would you like to share your achievements with our national Down Syndrome community? Here’s your chance!

We are looking for submissions to the ‘My Voice’ section of Voice, our members’ journal which is published three times a year. My Voice is a section devoted to letting you tell your story – perhaps you’ve just started a new job, or have attended an awesome DSV event, or have a special occasion or triumph that you’d like to share. We’d love to hear it!

Simply send a short paragraph about your news and a high resolution photo to accompany it to, and we’ll see if we can include it in the next edition of My Voice.

For further information, please contacStephanie Papaleo.
Library Books Reminder

If you have borrowed a book from our library, please can we request that you return it as soon as possible. Thank you!
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