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It's 2021 and we've hit the ground running! We have so many exciting things to share and a jam packed year ahead.

March is always a big month in our community with World Down Syndrome Day, which we'll be celebrating together this year at our annual Family Fun Day, on Sunday 21 March at a new and exciting location. 

To keep across the latest updates and see some sneak peeks at what's planned for this year's event, you can join us over on Facebook where we communicate regularly with our community. 

As mentioned last year, amongst other exciting initiatives DSV membership is also free for the foreseeable future - helping improve our accessibility and enabling DSV to reach a broader audience.

So for now, grab a cuppa and enjoy our very first edition of DNews for 2021. 
From the team at Down Syndrome Victoria.
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Family Fun Day 2021!

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 regarding the location of this year's event so be sure to keep your eyes peeled... all the details are coming to your inbox next week!

Tickets will be on sale from 8 February. 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 very soon.

Celebrate International World Down Syndrome Day with Lots of Socks 2121

Celebrate International World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March by wearing or selling our official socks for 2021!

Artists Kendall Perkins and Peter Rowe collaborated to create a design to celebrate Australia’s Great National Wonder, the Great Barrier Reef.

Socks can be purchased by the box to sell at your workplace, school, kinder, club or bought by the pair.

Selling socks is a simple way to raise funds for Down Syndrome Victoria to continue our work supporting and empowering people with Down syndrome to have full access to social and economic inclusion.

Thanks to our friends at Down Syndrome Queensland for helping make this wonderful initiative available for all of Australia!

Click the button below to learn more and purchase your box of socks!


Pathways to Independence

Our Pathways to Independence project aims to empower people with Down syndrome to develop independence and make choices about their lives, as well as support families who are looking to set up independent futures for their children with Down syndrome.

We'll be running a range of workshops in 2021 for people with Down syndrome including:

  • Community Participation
  • Decision making
  • Relationships
  • Self Advocacy
  • Staying healthy
  • NDIS
And six family workshops including:
  • Building and Supporting Independence
  • Supported decision making
  • Circles of support
  • Housing options
  • Community Connections
  • Supporting healthy lives

Want to be a part of this exciting project?

DSV is looking for parent co-hosts to deliver workshops to families and is now accepting expressions of interest!

Parents who nominate will be invited to share their experience on particular topics with other parents in the workshop, supported by DSV’s project team and will be remunerated for their time.

All workshops will be co-hosted by an adult with Down syndrome or a parent. Members of the recently formed DSV Advisory Committee will also provide their services to co-host workshops for people with Down syndrome.
Please click the button below to submit an expression of interest.

If you have any questions, please contact Zoe Shearer at


Thank you for participating in our 2020 Down Syndrome Victoria survey!

More than 100 people completed our 2020 survey, sharing what they love about Down Syndrome Victoria and where and how we can improve.

We're now working through the findings and look forward to continually improving the services and supports we provide for people with Down syndrome and their families.

We'd also like to extend a huge congratulations to Nic and Heather as the recipients of the lucky draw for completing our survey!

A message from the DSV Education team

Many of you are feeling enthusiastic about a chance for new beginnings in 2021, especially for your children. We hope they had a good transition process in preparation for moving into a new class and are looking forward to returning to school.

Thank you to everyone who enrolled in our workshops last year, including Transition to Primary School, Transition to Secondary School and the Advocacy in Education and Education Q&A. We all adapted to presenting and interacting online so we could continue to connect throughout the year. While at this stage workshops in Term One will be conducted online, we hope that we may be able to deliver some in person from Term Two.

The Education team also expanded in 2020. We welcomed Amy Fitzgerald, located in the Western area of Victoria and Dianne Hickey in the Barwon area. Both Amy and Dianne bring a wealth of experience with them and we are pleased that they will be local contacts for families and schools in these regions. Together with Carolyn Goodbody and the metro team, we have the state well covered.

We encourage you to seek out your local education consultant if you have any questions or concerns.

We'd like to take this opportunity to also remind you that registrations are also still open for the Education Support Service, with a few Government funded positions still available. If you would like further information about the service or to get in touch with your local education consultant, please call the DSV office on 9486 9600 or email the Education team at

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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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