Entries by Coen Lammers

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STRIVE meets for self advocacy workshops

The NZDSA’s Self-Advocacy Leadership and Advisory Group, STRIVE, met in Wellington on June 19-20 to focus on gaining more self-advocacy and leadership skills. While some may think a Funshop is all about fun, Funshops are really about allowing our self-advocates to do lots of important work and gain new skills in a fun and engaging […]

Northland advocate honoured with National Volunteer Award

Kathryn Sadgrove does not like to stand in the spotlight, but she will have to get used to it after the Whangãrei grandmother was honoured with the Val Sturgess National Volunteer Award by the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA). “I’ve always done this role for other families to benefit and not to get recognition, […]

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Trailblazer Michael Holdsworth gets Queen’s Birthday honour

The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association is extremely proud of Michael Holdsworth becoming a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this week’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. The NZDSA believes Michael is the first person with Down syndrome in New Zealand to receive this kind of honour. Michael was recognised for his decades of […]

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Down syndrome advocate joins co-design team for Project Mobilise

The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association congratulates Andrew Oswin for joining the co-design team for Project Mobilise.Project Mobilise was launched recently by the Human Rights Commission to inspire social change. Over the next few months, Project Mobilise will be working hard to understand attitudes surrounding disability – the stories, beliefs, and assumptions held by New […]

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Time-defying Special Olympics team set to qualify for National Games

A time-defying team of Special Olympics footballers from Hawke’s Bay this  is set to qualify for an incredible eighth National Summer Games. The Hawke’s Bay football team – with players ranging from 71-year old Danny Dromgool to 9-year-old Dominic Hoskins – have been a regular feature at the National Games for longer than most can […]

NZDSA welcomes budget commitment to disability sector

The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA) has commended the Government for their ongoing commitment to transforming the disability sector and investing in the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) approach. NZSDA National Executive Officer Zandra Vaccarino hopes that that additional $72.8 million funding over four years for Enabling Good Lives announced in last week’s budget will […]