Wellington and Wairarapa – Regional Information
Wellington Regional Representative
The Lower North Island (Wellington, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Kapiti and Horowhenua) are supported by the Wellington Down Syndrome Association (WDSA).
Wellington Down Syndrome Association
WDSA is a volunteer family/whanau support organisation. They supply new parent packs, support, education funding and events for for people with Down syndrome and their families.
Sign up as a member by completing their contact form
They have a useful resource page list here: https://wdsa.co.nz/resources/
Their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/WDSAssn/
Wellington Early Intervention Trust
The Wellington Early Intervention Trust (WEIT) is an independent charitable trust accredited by the Ministry of Education to provide early intervention services to preschool children 0-5 years from the greater Wellington region. WEIT offers a centre based programme for families who have a young child with developmental delays (physical, intellectual or behavioural). There are four specialist therapies; Music Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Language Therapy, Early Intervention Teaching.
The IHC Library is free to use and open to anyone living in New Zealand. The library has an excellent online catalogue containing information on all aspects of intellectual disability, autism and other developmental disabilities, built up over many years. It’s free to join and borrow from – you can order books and DVDs online and they will be sent out. The only cost is returning the books if you chose to do so by post – it’s free to drop them back into their Willis St branch in Wellington.
WDSA resources in the library are here.
Wellington Down Syndrome Clube (formerly Viva)
Is a social club for young adults with Down Syndrome in Wellington. The club meets fortnightly on Fridays but also goes away on trips.
Wellington Parent 2 Parent
Offers regional coffee groups and other support for parents raising children with extra needs.
Riding for the Disabled
Offers specialised therapeutic horse riding through a range of tailored programmes for people living with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.
https://huttvalleygrouprda.wordpress.com and https://www.rda.org.nz/volunteering/your-local-rda/wairarapa
Is a women only support group for discussion, support and weekly topics relating to depression.
Support children and families impacted by heart conditions
Change Maker/Independence Collective
The Independence Collective are a group of people with special needs that have setup a micro enterprise brewing beer.