New Zealand Down Syndrome Association
The NZDSA is a family/whānau driven organisation.
The aim of the NZDSA is to promote the participation of people with Down syndrome in their community by:
- Informing and supporting families/ whānau and people with Down syndrome.
- Promoting awareness of Down syndrome to create positive attitudes in the community.
- Advocating and promoting the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
- Reviewing policies and lobbies government and other agencies.
The NZDSA offers:
- new parent support through volunteer support parents
- National coordination of regional groups. Regional groups provide activities throughout New Zealand including coffee mornings, family events, guest speakers and individual support and advocacy.
- CHAT21, a quarterly update of news, information and stories sent to all members.
- Information packs distributed to schools, professionals, family and friends.
- Supports a leadership platform for people with Down syndrome.