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Learning new things on NZDSA Camp

By Kaye Young The Vaughan Park Retreat Centre is a wonderful, peaceful place set above Long Bay Beach  in Auckland, nestled into rolling hills with views across bush and towards the beach. The accommodation and food was generous and excellent and it was wonderful to meet other parents who also have a very high needs […]

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NZ athletes perform with merit at World Games

New Zealand’s delegation to the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi included 38 athletes with intellectual disabilities, five ‘Unified Partners’ (athletes without an intellectual disability), and 21 coaches, managers and support staff.     The New Zealand team competed in in swimming, athletics, bocce, equestrian, basketball, bowling, powerlifting and football at the biggest sports and humanitarian […]

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Five golds for Gabrielle at world champs

By Gabrielle Salmon My name is Gabrielle Salmon and this year I competed in the Down Syndrome World Championships. Rhythic gymnastics is a form of gymnastics emphasizing dance like rhythmic routines. During my routine I use a ball, a hoop, a ribbon and two clubs. I am practising Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays in Sacred Heart School […]

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My job – Roseanne  Zyskowski

Down Right   Roseanne develops own photography business  By Dave Nicholl    An Invercargill woman  has turned her passion for photography into a business.  Roseanne  Zyskowski, who has Down syndrome,  has put 101 photos of her  favourite  places throughout  Invercargill  into a calendar.  Zyskowski, who has been a photographer for a year now,  has taken pictures of  the Reading […]

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My job – Peter Rees

Interview with Peter Rees for Down Write Brilliant Chat 21’s roving reporter Andrew Oswin interviewed Peter Rees, a young man with Down syndrome from Christchurch, about his job.   What is it you like doing at your job at Pomeroy’s? Serving out the food and the drinks to the customers.   When did you start […]

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My job – Hannah Proctor

I love working at my pre-school by Hannah Proctor About three years ago, when I was still at school, I was given an opportunity to try work experience in a pre-school, Footsteps Christan Pre-School, in Christchurch. My teacher aide came with me to help me twice a week until I was good enough to do […]