The year seems to be racing by and we have LOTS on the go at ADSA. WDSD is coming up and we have some Covid friendly ideas about how you can celebrate this special day for our community. Success in School course kicks off 2 weeks today via Zoom ... this is the perfect opportunity to enrol on this course. We're thrilled to be welcoming back face to face events from March for our Recreate Social Club, and our latest Community News is currently with the printer and will be winging its way to your letterbox in the next couple of weeks. Read on to catch up on the latest news. 

World Down Syndrome Day 21 March

It’s exactly 1 month until World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated around the world and is a great opportunity to raise awareness within our local and international communities.  Sadly we won't be able to hold face to face events for WDSD, but we would love you to honour this day in your own way.  Of course, we have a few suggestions below for ways you and your whānau can mark the occasion...

#InclusionMeans: What does inclusion mean to you?

DS International via the WDSD website are challenging people around the world to share what inclusion means to them and their loved ones. “Together we can empower people around the world to advocate for full inclusion in society for people with Down syndrome and disabilities, and indeed for everyone”.  We would love you to share stories of inclusion with us – leading up to the day, and on the day – and of course photos as well.  If you feel comfortable, please also post on your own social media – using #InclusionMeans, and #WorldDownSyndromeDay hashtags.

Rock Your Socks


This will be familiar to many of you – and is a great way to celebrate diversity on or around Monday 21 March. Email Rosie if you would like an editable poster for your pre-school, daycare, school or workplace. This is a fun way to raise awareness of all diversity, not just Down syndrome – it can be a celebration or a fundraiser (we'd never discourage you from doing an ADSA fundraiser 😉). There is a "gold coin donation" version of the poster available too.  Whatever you get up to, we would LOVE to see photos.

Grab a bargin on t-shirts for the big day

We have a limited number of I AM ME and Downright Perfect t-shirts that would make an awesome addition to your World Down Syndrome Day wardrobe and are going for an absolute song. Email Rosie on with your size requests by Fri 4th March, for despatch the following week. 

I AM ME tees – kids sizes 8, 10 & 12yrs – $10 per tee + postage
I AM ME tees – adults sizes XS – 3XL – $10 per tee + postage

Downright Perfect tees – kids sizes 2yrs and 4yrs $5 per tee + postage
Downright Perfect adults tees – XL and 2XL $5 per tee + postage

*Flat rate for postage is $5 per package

Welcome back Recreate Social Clubs 👏

We are thrilled that our Recreate Social Clubs face to face activities will be resuming in March.... yay!! We know how much members enjoy getting together. Amazing Annabelle is our new ADSA Social Club coordinator at Recreate (replacing Grace) and existing members should have received an email from Annabelle last week, so please check your inbox for this. All in-person events will be following the Recreate NZ COVID-19 policy which you can find HERE. Please do let Annabelle know if you intend on re-joining the Recreate Social Club this year. NEW MEMBERS are welcome – complete the registration form online HERE, and Annabelle will contact you. Nothing like getting the groups back together again... whoop whoop!!

Last chance to register for Success in School ONLINE


Our Success in School course for children who learn differently is happening in a fortnight, so if you've been thinking about joining us then please do register ASAP. As the course will be online via Zoom, it is the perfect opportunity take advantage of our fabulous speakers without a big time commitment or travel. We'd love to see as many families (and of course teachers) join us as possible, and especially take advantage of the reduced family rate of $100 per participant. The course is Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March from 9-2pm, register now on the website HERE.

Latest Covid info from NZDSA


LOTS of really helpful info in NZDSA's latest Covid 19 update. You can find it HERE. 💜
Phew... that's enough for one Newsletter.  As always, check out our Facebook page and our Facebook Members Group, for all the latest info.  And keep an eye on your mailbox for our Community News magazine (formerly know as Outlook)... and it's not too late to send Rosie an email with your postal address if you've recently moved. 
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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