Enjoy the school holiday and safe travels if you are heading away. We are still taking bookings for our Success in School course in August. All the details on how you can book are below.

Congratulations to Recreate NZ on
20 years of amazing service

We hope some of you were able to attend Recreate’s 20th Anniversary celebrations last weekend.  Our chairperson Maia Faulkner was there. On behalf of all ADSA families we congratulate Recreate for the significant role they play in our community – supporting our young people to meet friends, learn new skills and gain confidence.  You can find some photos from the event here: Recreate Facebook Page

Special Olympics Young Athletes Programme NZ

Term 3 registrations are now open.  This is a FREE activity for Under 10's.  An 8 week program - full of fun.  Including loads of hand/eye coordination, dancing and action songs, throwing, catching, bouncing, obstacle courses and so much more.  This program runs on North Shore and Central Auckland, on Sundays.

Details and registration at this link.

Enabling Good Lives Video Resources Project

SEEKING Expressions of Interest

The New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) in partnership with the Enabling Good Lives National Leadership group, Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Development, Careerforce and Toitū te Waiora are creating a series of video resources based on the eight principles of Enabling Good Lives.

The aim of these video resources is to show the principles in action. They will be shared freely across Aotearoa NZ to help others as they work to create good lives.

The resources will live on for years to come and be used by many people as sources of learning, teaching and inspiration.

Please click here to find out more about the project: download the English panui here, or download in te reo here.

Music & Fun playgroup

We are delighted to announce that the Remuera Music & Fun Playgroup is starting again in Term 3.  Details are at this link. This is a fantastic group for children with disabilities and provides a wonderful social network for parents and carers.  Please note: masks for adults are required at these events. Morning tea won't be on offer for adults, but please bring a snack for your child. Currently, it is just the 18 month to 5 years group restarting – however, those with little ones under 18 months can also attend this group in the meantime.  Any questions – please contact Margaret (details at link) or Paula

NZDSA Annual Telephone Appeal 

NZDSA fundraising appeal starts this week via Southern Stars – and will run 11th July to 26th August. You may receive a phone call asking for a donation. If you have any queries about this please contact NZDSA - details below.

For all enquiries:
Email: or

Success in School – REGISTRATIONS OPEN

The registrations are rolling in.  This is a fantastic course for teachers, learning support staff, SENCOS, Outreach teachers, parents – and anyone who works with children who learn differently.   A downloadable flyer, timetable, and registration information can be found at this link (Success in School)

Sexuality and Intellectual Disability:
For Whaanau/Caregiver (part 1)

Parents/carers of Teens + Adults - don't miss this one. Disability Connect & Family Planning have teamed up to bring you this free session via zoom. WEDNESDAY 13th July. Registrations essential.

Register to or 
See poster for details.

NZDSA Final reminder! Join us online to find out more about Enabling Good Lives –
Self-Directed Learning. 

The NZDSA and Care Matters are pleased to be inviting parents and whānau to register for this self-directed learning opportunity.
We still have spaces available so register ASAP so that you don’t miss the opportunity to explore, learn and connect with others as you discover and personalise What Enabling Good Lives (EGL) means for you and your family. Please click here to find out more.
Please register online

Student needing help with survey

This is for people with Down syndrome who are at Secondary School, but under age 18.

We have a request from a student at Massey University to take part in a research study.

The topic is the rights of children with a disability to take part in recreational activities. These are activities that happen outside of school time and might include clubs, hobbies, sports or many other things.

If you would be happy to take part please email Xuan Yu ( and she can pass the information on to you.
Please email Xuan on or Paula on if you have any questions regarding the events and news highlighted in this update.
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