Other 2017 events

These links provide information about events run by other organisations that might be of interest to people with Down syndrome, their families, carers and professionals who support them.

Ongoing events/calendars:
Relationships and Private Stuff - social events, training, relationships counselling
Centre for Disability Studies (University of Sydney) 
Family Advocacy NSW 
Resourcing Families 


Disabled Surfers' Association of Australia - 2017 events
January - March 2017 dates and venues are listed by State and region.
The DSAA is creating opportunities for everyone, including our disabled participants and able bodied volunteers, to experience our unique, safe and happy surfing events, whilst under complete supervision from our trained Team Leaders and Beach Marshalls. 
We invite you along for this magical journey that many have already experienced over the past thirty years, without any pressure to win gold, just having fun and making new friends in your local community and around Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Albury
Wednesday 1 March 2017 - Deniliquin 
Thursday 2 March 2017 - Griffith
Resourcing Families - presented by Margaret and Jeremy Ward. A free workshop for people with disability, family members and their friends; $50.00 for professionals

8:00am - 3:30pm Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd March 2017 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Down Syndrome Queensland annual education conference. Registrations open now, close Wednesday 22nd February 2017
An innovative conference for everyone living, working or supporting students with additional needs. Join us for exciting and motivating presentations from experienced and informative speakers currently working in a variety of fields with a diverse range of students. Together they will share their insights and ideas to help expand your understanding and provide you with new ideas, tools and resources that can be incorporated into your own educational context.

Aladdin - the Musical: special performance
Performance: 1.30 pm Saturday 4th March 2017 -  Capitol Theatre, Sydney
Disney and Autism Awareness Australia are partnering to present an autism friendly performance of Aladdin - The Musical. This specially adapted performance is suitable for all individuals on the autism spectrum, their family and friends. Slight adjustments to the production will include removal of strobe lighting and pyrotechnics, reduction of any jarring sounds and lights focused into the audience, house lights being left slightly up and relaxed exit and entry to the theatre.

Lessons My Son Taught Me: Anything Is Possible!
6pm–9pm Tuesday 7 March 2017 - O'Connor, ACT
Imagine More - Canadian presenter Alison Ouellette. For - people with a disability; families and friends; support staff; community members. Online registration is open now.

  • How Dave transitioned from High School
  • Setting up Dave’s business
  • Creating Dave’s home of his own
  • Hearing about a life that mattered
Responding Well To People Labeled As Having “Challenging Behaviour”
9.30am–4.30pm Friday 17 March 2017 - O'Connor, ACT
Imagine More - a workshop presented by Ann Greer
  • How you can respond to behaviour in ways that are respectful and non-punishing.
  • How you can work collaboratively to understand the motives, effects and consequences of behaviour.
  • How you can develop a range of strategies to minimise the effects of certain behaviours.

“Ready, Set, AACtion” - AGOSCI 13th Biennial Conference
17 - 20 May - Melbourne
The AGOSCI Conference theme reflects our need to be ready for the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the effects this will have on the lives of children and adults with little or no speech. “Ready, Set, AACtion” will showcase the best products and services, the latest research and the most inclusive communication practices for people with little or no speech. 
The conference is an opportunity for people who use AAC, their families, friends, work colleagues, and people who work within the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication to come together to share their knowledge and skills. 
Livin’ The Dream - (US) National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention
20 - 23 July 2017 - Sacromento, California
Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the NDSC Annual Convention. For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. However, for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC “giant family reunion” feeling that permeates the convention weekend.

  • PARENTS learn from the best, as internationally known experts come to Sacramento to share their knowledge across the life span of individuals with DS.
  • SELF ADVOCATES join together with over 300 friends from across the world to learn, share, become empowered and have an amazing time!
  • SIBLINGS share and learn alongside peers, from each other, as well as from professionals.
  • VOLUNTEERS have the experience of a lifetime by volunteering in an number of capacities available.
 Caring into the Future: the new world?
4 - 6 October 2017 - Adelaide
Abstract submissions must be made electronically via Carers Australia’s online abstract submission system. Abstracts must be received by 10 February 2017. Notification of Abstract acceptance will be sent on 31 March 2017.    


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