Bookings closed

We present our “Success in School: helping children who learn differently” course twice a year.

This is a 2-day course for SENCO’s, teachers, teacher aides, specialist staff, occupational therapists and parent educators and involves a variety of presenters including Dr Jude MacArthur. Each day starts at 8.30am and finishes at approximately 3.45pm.

Previously called Down Syndrome: Success in School, in 2020 we renamed and designed the course to appeal to people who teach or care for any children who ‘learn differently’ and not just those children with Down syndrome.

Bookings are now closed for our August course. Our next course will be held on 7 and 8 March 2022.


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 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.


(09) 527 0060


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