Down syndrome - Resources
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Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) initiative. This initiative aims to assist eligible children with developmental disabilities to access funding for early intervention services. Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
There are a number of agencies within South Australia that provide programs and assistance for young people and adults with Down syndrome, as well as for their families.
- Down Syndrome Society of South Australia Inc
Hampstead Primary School, Greenacres
Tel. 8369 1122
- Early Childhood Intervention Consultants provide information and support for families with children 0-8 years with developmental delay, disabilities or at risk of developmental delay.
Contact the Child and Family Health Central Office for further information.
Tel. 1300 733 606.
- Playgroup SA Special Needs Coordinators
Tel. 8344 2722
- Disability Support and Services provides information, support and services to people with intellectual disability and their families.
Tel. 1300 786 117
- Novita Children's Services assists children with significant and permanent disabilities to access assistance, information and community services.
Telephone: 1800 337 443
- Carer Resource Centre provides information and advice on available services for carers, particularly respite services.
Address: 58 King William Road, Goodwood, 5034
Postal Address: PO Box 410, Unley 5061
Tel. 1800 242 636
- Disability Information Resource Centre provides contact details for a number of support groups for individuals with physical disabilities.
Address: 195 Gilles Street, Adelaide, 5000
Tel. 8236 0555 TTY 8223 7579
Country callers: 1300 305 558
- Gowrie Resource Centre and Bookshop
Address: 43 Dew Street, Thebarton, 5031
Tel. 8352 5246
- When choosing a preschool or school, you may wish to seek advice from the special education staff within the Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS), Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) or Catholic Education SA.
- Department of Education and Children's Services Disability Services. Contact your local District Officer (see local telephone directories) or the State Office for general information. Telephone 8226 1527. Country callers should phone 1800 088 158.
- Association of Independent Schools of South Australia Special Education Advisers. Contact the Special Learning Needs Coordinator. Telephone 8179 1400.
- Catholic Education SA Special Education Consultants. Contact the Supervisor of Special Education. Telephone 8301 6600.
- Hassold, Terry J & Patterson, David 'Down Syndrome: A Promising Future Together', Wiley-Liss Inc, New York, 1999.
- Pueschel, Sigfried M 'A Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome – Toward a Brighter Future', Paul Brookes, Baltimore, USA, 1993.
- Selikowitz, Mark 'Down syndrome the facts', Oxford Medical Publications, Oxford, 1999.
- Stray-Gundersen, K, 'Babies with Down Syndrome: A new Parents Guide', Woodbine House, Bethesda, USA.
- Bowman-Kruhm, Mary 'Everything You Need to Know About Down Syndrome', Rosen Publishing Group Inc, New York, 2000.
- Bryan, Jenny 'Living with Down Syndrome', Wayland Publishers, East Sussex, England, 1998.
- Cairo, Shelley 'Our Brother has Down Syndrome', Annick Press, Vancover, 1995
- Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie 'We'll Paint the Octopus Red', Woodbine House, Bethesda, USA, 1998.
- Thompson, Mary 'My Brother Matthew', Woodbine House, Bethesda, USA, 1992.
- Wilson, Sue, 'Daniel', S Wilson, Perth, (undated).
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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