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Spring Newsletter Out

posted Aug 20, 2013, 4:23 AM by Craig Miller   [ updated Aug 20, 2013, 4:26 AM ]

Our Spring newsletter is out here:

Frances Clark Awards

Don’t forget to RSVP to attend the France Clark Memorial Awards 31st October at Government House. You need to let Rhonda know you are coming by the 30th of September Email: Rhonda.rivers73@gmail.com Alternatively you may phone her on (04) 564 1141 (evenings).

Support for Siblings

We are investigating setting up a support group for siblings of children with Down Syndrome. Initially just to meet socially but perhaps later for some sort of counselling support.
If you are interested in for info please contact cbhansen@xtra.co.nz or 04 5288449

Transition to School

We are investigating launching a transition to school programme. Auckland Down Syndrome Association already have a programme and are willing to share resources. We are looking for interested parents to spearhead the initiative. This would involve going to Auckland (paid for by WDSA) to receive the training and then facilitating the course in Wellington. Does this sound like you?
Also consider coming to the under 5 catchup chat at Te Papa on Sat 21st Sept
Please contact info@wdsa.co.nz or James on 04 973 0395 for more info

WDSA Christmas Party

Save the date:
1:30pm—4pm Sat 30th Nov 2013
Hardwick Smith Lounge Hall, Belmont

Youth Forum from Idea Services

Youth Forum for Upper Hutt or Lower Hutt residents on the, 26 August and the 28 August
RSVP to Shalane Hopkins (Youth Development Coordinator) phone 04 463 2470, text 021 243 6243 or email shalane.hopkins@idea.org.nz see http://ideayouthinthehutt.blogspot.co.nz/ for more info

In the News

Some Interesting info about Down Syndrome research and its implications http://kdvr.com/2013/08/15/down-syndrome-research/

Latin American Film Festival

The Brazilian Embassy are hosting the Latin American film festival this year https://www.facebook.com/LAFFNZ
They have chosen a film called Buddies (Colegas). The film is in Portuguese but will have English subtitles. It’s rated R (for mature audiences 15 and over, as it contains implied violence and some coarse language) Here is a trailer for the movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3c1joyTWgc
Anyone can see the movie for free at its showing:
Saturday 24 August 4pm, Sounding Theatre, Te Papa