Down syndrome is a life-long condition that causes delays in learning and development.
It cannot be cured but problems can be eased if people with Down syndrome have the right help and if other people have a positive accepting attitude.
It occurs because cells contain an extra chromosome number 21.
It can occur in any family of any race, culture or religion and is never anyone’s fault.
In New Zealand one baby in about 1000 is born with Down syndrome; that is one or more babies with Down syndrome born every week.
People with Down syndrome are individuals and vary in their abilities and achievements. They are contributing members of society.
Ara Institute of Canterbury is a vibrant, progressive, government-funded tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region. http://www.ara.ac.nz/about-us
Lincoln University Inclusive Education: http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/Lincoln-Home/Student-Life/Student- Support/Disability-Support/
New Zealand Program Director - Margi Leech www.numicon.co.nz
CCS Disability Action
We will work alongside you and your family / whanau – supporting you to get the right information, support and funding to meet your needs and fulfill your goals.
Phone: 0800 227 200
IHC - Idea Services
Welcome to IHC New Zealand IHC will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with intellectual disabilities and support them to live satisfying lives in the community.
Phone: (03) 341 9299
Jolts vision is to give a creative voice to people with disabilities and celebrate their uniqueness through dance.
Phone: (03) 332 0074
Individualised funding is a payment mechanism to enable disabled people and their families to directly manage the Ministry of Health funded disability supports they receive. The supports are allocated by the NASC ( lifelinks) The service that can be managed by IF are currently limited to Personal Care and Household Management. Individualised funding offers the disabled person the ability to - choolse caregivers and service delivery plans; employ their own staff, or engage agencies or self-employed contractors; manage the payments for services of these staff and manage all aspects of service delivery.
Phone: 0508 462427
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health seeks to improve, promote and protect the health and well-being of New Zealanders through its leadership of New Zealand’s health and disability system advising the Minister of Health, and government, on health and disability issues directly purchasing a range of national health and disability support services providing health sector information and payment services for the benefit of all New Zealanders. The Ministry works in partnership with other public service agencies and by engaging with people and their communities in carrying out these roles.
Phone: 0800 855 066
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health seeks to improve, promote and protect the health and well being of New Zealanders through its leadership of New Zealand’s health and disability system advising the Minister of Health, and government, on health and disability issues directly purchasing a range of national health and disability support services providing health sector information and payment services for the benefit of all New Zealanders. The Ministry works in partnership with other public service agencies and by engaging with people and their communities in carrying out these roles.
Phone: 0800 855 066
NASC Agency - LifeLinks
Lifelinks aims to promote independence in an accessible world. Lifelinks offers three Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Programmes under contract to the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards; For people aged up to the age of 65 years and who have intellectual, neurological,physical and sensory disabilities.
Phone: (03) 365 9593
New Zealand Down Syndrome Association
The NZDSA is a national non-profit organisation. The NZDSA is not a service provider but we provide information to families / whanau of people with Down Syndrome. You can contact the NZDSA for support via the freephone service or email.
Phone: 0800 693 724
Parent 2 Parent
Empowering families and whanau of people with disabilities and health impairments through support and information. Caring for a family member who has a disability is an experience few parents anticipate or plan for, and one that can bring strong emotional challenges in day to day living.
Phone: 03 365 3239
Selwyn Launch Group
Selwyn Launch Group is for Selwyn youth who have an intellectual or physical disability, and are between the ages of 16 and 30. The group is facilitated by a youth worker who is employed by IDEA Services (IHC). We provide educational and social oppportunities for our members.
Phone: 03 342 4554
Special Olympics NZ
Special Olympics NZ, supports 46 Special Olympics Clubs throughout NZ. Those clubs provide year round training in a large number of sports and also run events, certificate days, ribbon days,regional games and national games.
Phone: +64 4 560 0360