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NZDSA welcomes Kiwisaver amendments

The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA) is applauding the Government’s decision that will allow people with Down syndrome to get access to their Kiwisaver before 65 years. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, David Clark yesterday announced the variety of conditions under the new KiwiSaver withdrawal category, which also includes cerebral palsy, Huntington’s disease […]

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PHAB creates unique and uplifting experience

By Rebekah Williamson PHAB is a little organisation with a big impact. PHAB primarily provides social groups for people of all abilities, across Auckland. We are always looking for new ways to engage with our community. We have been doing a Girls Day Out annually, but after talking to many families we came to realise […]

Project Search launches youngster into workplace

Eight young adults with learning disabilities recently graduated from Project Search, an innovative programme by the Canterbury DHB that gives youngsters the opportunity to learn new skills and get work experience. A very proud Logan Moloney was one of the 2020 graduates who had to endure a rollercoaster ride due to COVID-19 lockdown. Logan’s mother […]

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Northland DS community going strong

Each edition, CHAT 21 focuses on one region and this time JO MORRISON from the Northland Down Syndrome Support Group tells us about what’s happening in the Far North.  Since its inception in the 1990s, Northland Down Syndrome Support Group’s kaupapa has been able to fill the gaps and meet the needs of people with Down syndrome and their whānau across Tai […]

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New resource fills void for health professionals

The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association has launched a wonderful new resource to fill a “huge void” for health professionals when dealing with new parents of a child with Down syndrome. “We have received overwhelming feedback from parents and whānau that the health professionals they deal with in those whirlwind first days, often do not […]