Here are some international sites that have information that may be of use to you if you are doing an assignment or report on Down Syndrome.

The NZDSA has numerous regional support branches and groups throughout New Zealand. To contact your local branch or support group ring 0800 693 724 and press 3 or visit these sites.




Interested in general or medical facts on Down syndrome?

National Down Syndrome Society: General Information

Interested in the genetics of Down syndome?

Trisomy 21: The Origin of Down Syndrome

Legislation/Human Rights

Health & Disability Commissioner NZ

Human RightsCommission of New Zealand

The Office for Disability Issues

Education Related

Ministry of Education

University of Otago

Directory of NZ Schools - Great website if you want to check out schools throughout NZ

Education Review Office - check out any ERO report on all schools in NZ

Government related

WINZ - Work and Income New Zealand

Govt.NZ - find any national or government related information from this website.

Disability Related Websites

Institute on Independent Living

Special Child - For Parents of Children with Disabilities

Supported parenting for mothers and fathers with learning difficulty

TASH Homepage

United Nations website

New Zealand IHC

Interested in the lives of people with Down syndrome?

Home Page of Sujeet Desai

These sites were provided, with permission , from the site of Dr Len Leshin.

'Born to Succeed' - a true story written by Edna Fitzgerald about how her family approached having a daughter with Down syndrome. A very positive book. For further information and how to order the book please email -

Friends of New Zealand Down Syndrome
Parent to Parent New Zealand is an information and support network for parents of children with special needs ranging from the very common to the
most rare conditions. Our service is free to families.


Local and World-Wide Links
Down Syndrome Education International works around the world to improve education for young people with Down syndrome.
Woodbine House is a publisher specializing in books about children with special needs.

Other support organisations:
New Zealand Riding for the Disabled Association.
Tauranga Equestrian Therapy Centre & Riding for the Disabled.
Special Olympics is a year-round programme of sports training and competition for young people and adults with an intellectual disability.


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