The Auckland Down Syndrome Association Inc (‘ADSA’) is a family/whanāu support organisation. We provide information and support for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Established by parents in 1981, the ADSA is still run by parents, grandparents and siblings.

We employ three office staff who are available to assist ADSA members.

We also rely on the support of volunteers and any time you can give is gratefully welcomed.


Membership of the ADSA is free. Read more about joining ADSA»

ADSA’s vision

We believe all people are valued and contributing members of the community. ADSA works to support and promote the inclusion of people with Down syndrome in the community by:

  • Providing information to people with Down syndrome, their families and carers.
  • Promoting the rights and interests of people with Down syndrome, their families and carers.
  • Promoting a positive public awareness and attitude of Down syndrome in the community.

ADSA seeks to achieve its vision by providing:

  • Support for families who have a member with Down syndrome.
  • Information packs about Down syndrome for new families.
  • Information packs for families whose children with Down syndrome are transitioning to school.
  • Information on services available in Auckland for people with Down syndrome and their families.
  • A Community Liaison Officer to assist and advise members.
  • A network of people who can visit families with a diagnosis of Down syndrome – at home or in the hospital, pre or post birth.
  • Local support groups for mums and dads with young babies and children with Down syndrome.
  • Active social clubs for people with Down syndrome aged 13 to 17 and 18 and over.
  • A lending library with educational and information resources.
  • Training for teachers and teacher aides through the “Success in Schools” courses.
  • Advocacy and assistance for members as required.
  • Outlook: our quarterly newsletter
  • Providing ongoing links with and among families by creating opportunities for people with Down syndrome and their families to meet regularly through social events such as the annual Buddy Walk.
  • Networks with other disability agencies such as the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association, Parent to Parent and Disability Connect.

ADSA actively raises funds and seeks contributions from funding agencies to enable it to provide these activities. We sincerely thank our supporters without whom we would not be able to achieve our aims or objectives.


The Auckland Down Syndrome Association is a registered incorporated society. ADSA is a registered charity. Its registered charity number is CC33441.