It’s been a busy week for us here at ADSA.
We were delighted to see 12 families brave the rain to attend our primary school age playdate on Sunday afternoon.  Much fun was had at the Grey Lynn Community Centre with Lyn-Marie from Dizzie Pixie Designs, face-painting, ball games, dancing and chips!

Success in School – a Success!🎉

Our team just finished the ADSA Success in School 2-day workshop which saw 45 participants attend via zoom.  This was a huge success, and much positive feedback has been received.  Dates for 2023 are 6-7 March, 31 July & 1 August.

Notice of Annual General Meeting – SAVE THE DATE

Our AGM will be held 18th September 2022, at 2pm via zoom. Please put this in your diaries, and we will communicate the link closer to the time.

Management Committee – new members needed

We are looking for new committee members – who can connect, communicate and be proactive
We need to fill the roles of Treasurer and Secretary.  However, people are needed in addition to these roles.

Whilst our preference is that Committee Members are from the families and members of ADSA, our intention is to make a rule change at the AGM to accommodate those with skills and passion for our community. 

You will need:
  • A great attitude – and ability to connect, communicate and be proactive.
  • Preferably a background and/or personal experience within the disability sector.
  • To have experience in a relevant field – eg, finance, fundraising, communications
  • To be available for all meetings (unless exceptional circumstances exist).
  • To be willing and able to pitch in as required.
If you are interested or know someone who might be please complete this nomination form Management Committee Nomination Form. If you would like to find out more about being on the committee, please contact Maia Faulkner our Chairperson.

🏆Community Service Award – NOMINATIONS🏆

Don’t forget we need your nominations for the Community Service Award which is presented at our AGM.  The Community Service Award is given to someone outside of our organisation – who has gone “above and beyond” to support our community – and who has a positive impact on the lives of people with Down syndrome in Auckland (eg. a therapist, a professional, a sports coach, a teacher).

We invite you to have a think about the last 12 months – and to make a nomination. You need to show that the person you are nominating has impacted more than one family, and ideally try and get a few other members to join you in the nomination. If you would like to nominate someone, Please download the form here and return to Xuan ( ). Nominations close 31 Aug 2022.

Transition Expo - Explore What Is Available

Transition - the shift from school to adulthood, is an incredibly important and often nerve-wracking period for disabled students and their families.

Date: 7 September 2022
Venue: Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Fergusson Drive, St Johns
Time: 9am-2pm

Send your questions to:
All students with a disability and those involved in the disability sector will enjoy this day

Will you Raise Your Hands for StarJam?

Many members of ADSA belong to StarJam. It is a fantastic organisation and gives our young people a great chance to dance their hearts out, have a HUGE amount of fun. Jammers have a huge sense of pride and belonging, and this is definitely a favourite activity. Let's help StarJam with their fundraising. Please share this video to your own social media pages or stories or to to DONATE towards helping more Jammers experience the magic of music, dance and performance.

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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