Entries by Coen Lammers

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NZDSA urges Govt to ignore Health and Disability review

The New Zealand Down syndrome community is urging the Government to ignore the recommendations in the recent Health and Disability Sector Review. “New Zealand has made terrific progress to enhance the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities and these recommendations which place disability under the health umbrella would take us […]


Thank you to all wonderful volunteers

This week is National Volunteer Week in which we honour the collective energies and mana of all volunteers in Aotearoa. They grow our people, open minds, open hearts and create joy. And no more so than during their essential contribution to communities during COVID 19. Well before COVID 19 our volunteers were cherishing and caring […]

Support NZDSA annual phone fundraising campaign

The NZDSA, a charitable organisation is currently running its annual telephone fundraising campaign from the 25th May to the 3rd July 2020 to raise awareness and to support its ongoing work. This year, our annual appeal is aimed at two of our key activities: Our first is to host our annual Youth Development Camp at Vaughan Park […]

Level 2 information for disabled people and their families

What does Alert Level 2 mean for me? Information and guidance about what Alert Level 2 means for disabled people and their family and whānau with links to further information. Disabled people must have the same rules under Alert Level 2 as non-disabled people. If the rules are more restrictive for disabled people that could […]

Temporary changes for MSD in COVID-19 response

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has made some temporary changes to document requirements as part of the COVID-19 response. The changes are helping to make things easier for people and ensure they continue to receive support during this time. Here is an overview of some key changes they’ve made: No medical certificate renewals for […]

Downlights partners with NZDSA to raise funding

  The NZDSA has joined forces with Downlights NZ to raise funding that will enable the Auckland-based social enterprise to expand, which in turn will generate funds for our national association. Downlights are beautiful scented soy candles, hand poured by young adults with Down syndrome and intellectual or learning disabilities and company is crowdfunding to […]