December 2015 - Preparing for school

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As the December issue of Voice was almost ready for the press, a huge story broke as Prince of Penzance won the prestigious Melbourne Cup horserace and threw his strapper Steve Payne into the international spotlight.

Also in this issue we published a range of articles about getting your young one ready for school such as how to choose the right school and things to do to make the transition easier before the bell rings on day one.

This issue also featured a look at the state and territory offices covering the programs and services they offer their local community.

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September 2015 - Health and Fitness

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This issue features a huge selection of articles on health and fitness including ways to get involved in sports, tips for healthy eating and a look at some common health problems that can come with the extra chromosome.

A great article is a Q&A with members from Down Syndrome Swimming Australia who share some of the secrets to their success.

There’s also tips for fussy eaters plus a feature on coeliac disease and foot health.

May 2015 - Country Voices

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May 2015 took us out into the regional and remote areas of Australia to meet members living in all corners of this big country.

Articles include a feature on the family camp run by Down Syndrome Victoria and growing up on a farm in regional South Australia. Contributors to this issue said that while access to services can be a problem, the close-knit community values of small country towns have often been a huge advantage for people living remotely.

A key example of this being the wonderful story of Peter Keath who has purchased his own home…in his own name thanks to the support of his family and his local community.

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January 2015 - Down syndrome and the Arts

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This issue of Voice published in January 2015 looks at the creative side of our community and features a ton of stories from people succeeding in their artistic pursuits. Featuring sculptors, DJs, painters and burlesque dancers, this piece is a celebration of the talent in the Down syndrome community. This issue also ran a feature on Sam Beke, the heart and soul of the hit band Rudely Interrupted as well as an article on accessible art in major international galleries. We also covered leukemia and Down syndrome as well as ways to cope with grief and loss.

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