Entries by Coen Lammers

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Jacob Dombroski, a man of many talents

Jacob Dombroski is an incredibly talented young man. James Webber from the Wellington Down Syndrome Association wrote the following nomination to describe Jacob’s achievements. Jacob is well known in the Wellington region and nationally. He has a passion for people with extra needs and is keen to advocate for people at a Government level. Jacob […]

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Rochelle Waters makes Canterbury proud

Rochelle Waters recently received the NZDSA National Achievement Award from Rt Hon Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. She was nominated by the Canterbury Special Olympics administrator Helen Mitchell, who describes how Special Olympics are just part of Rochelle’s terrific list of achievements. I would like to nominate Rochelle Waters for the NZDSA 2020 National Achievement Awards. […]

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NZDSA appeals against pre-natal discrimination

NZDSA MEDIA RELEASE The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA) urgently calls on the Government to invest in disability attitude training for health professionals. A deeply disturbing article in the Sunday-Star Times yesterday clearly articulated and emphasised the traumatic discrimination many families experience during pre-natal screening tests, as well as the pressure to terminate their […]

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Governor-General honours Down syndrome trailblazers

Four members of the New Zealand Down syndrome community have been honoured for their amazing individual achievements at special function at Government House today. Jacob Dombroski, Rochelle Waters and Amelia Eades were bestowed with a National Achievement Award by Governor General Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy. The Governor-General, who is the patron of the New […]

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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 […]