The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association Inc’s (NZDSA) mission is to work alongside families, whanau and carers to support and empower people with Down syndrome to realise their potential and aspirations through all life stages and within all communities.
The NZDSA was started in 1981 by parents who established the organisation for educational and charitable purposes. The NZDSA has remained a family/whanau-driven non-profit organisation.
We receive no government funding, so we raise all our own funds and receive monthly donations from the Downlights Charitable Trust,
so that we are able to:
• Provide support and New Parent information packs to expectant and new parents.
• Inform, support and advocate for families/whanau and people with Down syndrome.
• Promote awareness of Down syndrome to create positive attitudes in the community.
• Advocate for the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
• Represent the interests and lobby for the rights of people with Down syndrome and their families/whanau across a range of forums and at Government level.
• Produce and provide resources to inform, educate and empower families/whanau, people with Down syndrome and professionals.
• Create a leadership platform for people with Down syndrome which includes supporting STRIVE - the NZDSA’s self-advocacy leadership group, hosting self-advocacy Funshops and youth development camps.
• Support regional groups across New Zealand to provide support and information to the Down syndrome community in their area.
•Offer support via our Freephone 0800 NZDSAI 0800 693 724.
• Publish CHAT21, our quarterly journal.
• Provide support utilising social media.
Contact us for support or to show your support at: