This Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we are proud work in partnership with Down Syndrome Victoria to launch a series of online resources and support workshops that help parents and carers to navigate the often overwhelming education system.
As one of the world's most common genetic disabilities, Down Syndrome occurs in one of every 700-900 births in all countries, including Australia.
The process of selecting appropriate schooling options for children with Down Syndrome can be challenging. That's why we have provided a grant to support the development of an education resource and workshop series that aims to provide parents and carers with access to the right advice and information to make this process more positive and ultimately lead to a successful school experience for all involved.
Four resource guides have been developed that cover a range of topics from choosing an appropriate school, understanding the funding options available, tips to surviving the school years and planning for a future beyond school.
Support workshops have also been delivered in Melbourne, Bendigo and Warrnambool during 2016 with another four planned across regional and metro locations before the end of the year. This will include the first Surviving the School Years workshop to be held in Melbourne later this month.
To find out more visit www.downsyndromevictoria.org.au