World Down Syndrome Day – Monday 21 March

Just 10 more sleeps until World Down Syndrome Day and the theme of this year’s WDSD is “What does inclusion mean?” We'd love to hear what inclusion means for you and your whānau and what you have planned to celebrate our special day. We've heard of a few schools celebrating diversity with Rock Your Socks, and it's not too late to help encourage your school to get involved – just email Rosie if you would like an editable poster for your school or workplace. You can also join The Big Connect with NZDSA on that day (see more below) and we know lots of you will be wearing your I Am Me and Downright Perfect tees with pride.  Whatever you get up to please let us know and share on our Facebook page and Facebook Members Group.

Job vacancy

The ADSA Management Committee is sad to farewell Rosie Maskell, our ADSA Admin Support extraordinaire, this month! 

This means we are currently recruiting for this very important role! This is a part-time role working from home, for up to 12 flexible hours per week (depending on areas of experience). We are looking for someone who is a capable administrator, excellent communicator, works well in a remote working environment, is self-motivated, and has some knowledge of the disability sector. Skills or experience in funding, fundraising, website management, and/or social media are desirable.

For a full job description and information on how to apply for this exciting position, please email Please do not reply directly to this email.

Wellbeing series and The Big Connect from NZDSA

The NZDSA is continuing with their Wellbeing Series in 2022. See below for details on their next 2 sessions coming up in March.

Coping with Change – presented by Debbie Buddle.
Date: 14 March 2022
Time: 07:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 867 5831 0174
Passcode: 026906

Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder – A dual diagnosis – presented by Geraldine (Dina) Whatnell
Date: 24 March 2022
Time: 07:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 861 9318 1571
Passcode: 034268

The Big Connect is also back for 2022. Join NZDSA on Monday the 21 March at 7pm for another star-studded zoom event as we explore what inclusion means for us.
Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 861 9763 8020
Passcode: 988116

Success in School online was a huge.... success!


We had a great turnout for our online Success in School course this week, with 55 participants taking part and 23 schools represented. Whilst we missed seeing people face to face, we know that many from around the country got to take part who otherwise might not have. Huge thanks to our amazing presenters, our fabulous facilitator Kirsten McDonald and the one and only Paula Beguely for pulling it all together. Our next course is 8-9 August and registrations will be open via our website in term two.
Please email Rosie on or Paula on if you have any questions regarding the events and news highlighted in this update.
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