The loss of a child is the worst possible nightmare for any whānau, and the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association (NZDSA), the Auckland Down Syndrome Association (ADSA), and the UpsideDowns Education Trust offer their condolences to Lena’s family and friends.

New Zealand Down Syndrome Association, Auckland Down Syndrome Association and UpsideDowns are liaising to see how we can most effectively support the Harrap family and honour Lena’s life, but most importantly how we can do so while respecting their request for privacy.

We are urging others, including media, to do the same.

We understand this is a very difficult time. If you would like someone to talk to, or need help, please reach out:

  • Need to talk? (1737 – free call or text)
  • The Depression Helpline (0800 111 757)
  • Healthline (0800 611 116)
  • Lifeline (0800 543 354)
  • Samaritans (0800 726 666)
  • Youthline (0800 376 633)
  • What’s Up? – Helpline for children and young people (0800 942 8787)
  • Safe to Talk – Sexual harm helpline: (0800 044 334 or text: 4334)

Welcome!

We are here to help families and carers at all stages. You may have a new baby, or care for an adult with Down syndrome.

Find out the benefits of becoming a member of our organisation.

Information to help with your child’s education and learning from birth onwards.

Join a new baby support group, a coffee group or a social club.

The ADSA a family/whanāu support organisation. We provide information and support for people with Down syndrome and their families.

This bi-annual course is for:
  • SENCO’s, teachers and teacher aides
  • specialist staff
  • occupational therapists, and
  • parent educators
Jude has a background in primary teaching, teacher education and disability research. She has worked as a lecturer in Education at Otago University and as a Senior Researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute in Dunedin undertaking research in teaching, learning and disability.
Sally is a speech-language therapist who is passionate about communication and literacy for children with complex communication and learning needs. She teaches the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) course and coordinates the postgraduate program at Massey University.
Fiona is a speech-language therapist who completed her Bachelors degree in speech-language therapy in New Zealand, receiving a research scholarship to investigate the relationship between speech and feeding difficulties. Fiona then worked in the UK in special schools and child development teams

Course participant feedback: “It was such an incredible day, I learnt so much! My brain is so full so I am heading home shortly to unpack it all and get ready for another full day tomorrow.” 

Our library now resides at the home of one of our members. Visitors are welcome by appointment.

Please email clo@adsa.org.nz to arrange a time to visit or alternatively items can be couriered to members Auckland-wide.

Read more about our resource library here»

The ADSA appreciates all donations. However, you may also offer your support by volunteering at one of our events like Buddy Walk.

Please fill out the form on our CONTACT page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Phone

(09) 527 0060

ADDRESS

PO Box 132033, Sylvia Park, Mt Wellington, Auckland 1644