The Canterbury Down Syndrome Association (CDSA) is an incorporated society and affiliated to the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA).

We work closely with the NZDSA and also the UPP club, a social group for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome. The CDSA is a non-profit organisation and relies solely on fund-raising, funding applications and on the kindness of donations.

Our Vision

All people are valued and contributing members of the community

Our Mission

To promote the participation of people with Down syndrome in their community.

Our Values

Equitable access to appropriate education, health, justice and community resources.
The roles of parents and carers
The role of volunteers

The dignity and worth of all people
The sharing of knowledge and experience