• 0-12 years - ADSA Christmas party
  • Workshop opportunities – Real World Livig Transition Hui + Marupa Studios
  • NZDSA Conference – 3rd – 21st October via zoom
  • Resources: Carer Support Flexibility extended
  • Online auction and raffle
  • UpsideDowns Recipe Book

20th November: 0-12 years Christmas Party – registrations now open!

We are delighted to announce that our children’s Christmas party will be held on 20th November at Kiwi Valley Farm.  This event is for ADSA families who have a child with Down syndrome age between 0-12.  Siblings may also attend.  All details are at the Eventbrite link.

Real World Living –
Central/East Auckland Hui.

Are you a family member who has a child leaving school in the next 4 years or has already left school . Do you have questions regarding their future, want to understand the process when a person finishes school and another other questions. You are very welcome to attend.  We HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

1st November on zoom 10am-12pm

This is for the east/central Auckland but you are more than welcome if you live anywhere in Auckland as the information is relevant for everyone across.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 873 5565 9027
Passcode: 820344
See attachment for registration details.

Māpura Studios

Māpura Studios is a creative space located in central Auckland with satellite groups in other areas.  They offer inclusive, multi-modal art classes and art therapy programmes for people of all ages, diversity and need, as well as the wider community. These include visual art, music, cartooning, dance, performance and therapy programmes.

Check out this video to find out more: About Mapura – or visit for more information.  You can also follow their facebook page.


We really encourage you to take some time to look at the NZDSA virtual conference calendar and join in some of the great online sessions this month.
There is something here for every family – whatever stage you are at.  These will NOT be recorded- so please try and make time to join at the scheduled time.  Saturday 15 is a RARE opportunity to hear Dr Brian Skotko - a geneticist and director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.)  Just typing his name into google, will convince you to attend!

Registration first essential – as there are a few steps.  Don’t leave it until the minute =)
WDSM Virtual Conference – New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA)

Fundraising raffle and auction : prizes needed

We plan to start our online auction towards the end of October, and really need some more auction items,  Please contact Xuan if you can offer anything, or have a contact we could follow up:

UpsideDowns – Recipe Book

Our friends over at UpsideDowns have put together an amazing cookbook with recipes provided by people with Down syndrome from all over NZ.  These are $35 each and 100% of money raised goes back to providing speech therapy for people with Down syndrome.  It’s a win/win.  Great for a Christmas gift too.  Order here: UpsideDowns Recipe Book Order

Carer support & Individualised Funding (IF) - flexibility extended

It has been announced that the flexibility on use of these funds is extended until end February 2023.  Flexibility on Carer Support and IF Announcement
NOW is a great time to have a needs assessment and get some respite funding.  Don’t delay.  If you have applied and haven’t heard!  Chase it up!
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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