Down syndrome

September 2014 - More than Down syndrome

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Having Down syndrome can sometimes mean a greater chance of developing other health conditions. For some families, this can create a feeling of having a foot in two worlds but not fitting into either.

In the September 2014 issue of Voice, we asked people to share their experiences to provide support to others who may be travelling the same road. We took a close look at the rare, but serious condition known as atlanto-axial instability as well as the intersection of Down syndrome and autism, plus living with low vision.

There is also a great story of a young man learning to ride a bike.

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May 2014 - Early Years

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In May 2014, one the pioneers of early intervention for children with Down syndrome Moira Pieterse passed away.

As a tribute, we asked people who knew her to reflect on her life and work. Families who had previously been given a bleak prognosis for the future of their children were now accessing services that encouraged and supported their children to grow and succeed.

This evolution in the way people see the possibilities for people with Down syndrome paved the way towards a time of higher expectations and greater access to education and quality of life for people with Down syndrome.

We also look at the launch of the NDIS in South Australia and a feature on Veronika Davie who was born with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

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December 2013 - National Disability Insurance Scheme

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the biggest social reform in Australia since the introduction of Medicare so there is a lot to learn.

In the December 2013 issue, we covered the introduction of the scheme by looking at what the scheme will mean for people with Down syndrome and their families as well as hearing about what is happening on the front line at one of the launch sites in Victoria.

We also discussed ways to make the most of the new scheme and what the impact might be on existing organisations and informal supports.

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August 2013 - Employment and Community Participation

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August 2013 heralded the first national publication of Voice. Prior to this, Voice was produced by Down Syndrome Victoria and Down Syndrome NSW.

In this first national issue, we presented a series of articles on preparing people with Down syndrome to enter the work force with tips and advice for getting job-ready and choosing a job service provider.

We also take a look at the different types of work places and some of the things that need to improve so that more people with Down syndrome can be supported to work in open employment instead of sheltered workshops.

Plus we look at a social enterprise that is employing and training people with intellectual disability in open employment with great success.

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