About Down Syndrome Queensland

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Down Syndrome Queensland is a registered charity established by parents in 1976. Staffed by a small, dynamic team of full-time and part-time staff, Down Syndrome Queensland provides a range of services and supports throughout the large and diverse state of Queensland. The team is supported by a number of wonderful volunteers including a Board made up entirely of volunteer parents with services funded through grants, sponsorships, donations, membership fees and fundraising. 

We are committed to upholding the rights of children and adults with Down syndrome and ensuring that their needs and those of their families are met. Through it's current activities, Down Syndrome Queensland works for a better quality of life for people with Down syndrome by supporting and strengthening families and promoting positive and realistic images of people with Down syndrome.   

See our Mission and Objectives

 
 Current members: Claire Mitchell, Ruth Faragher, Michael Cox, Olivia Hargroder and Nikela Carrigan (not pictured)

Current members: Claire Mitchell, Ruth Faragher, Michael Cox, Olivia Hargroder and Nikela Carrigan (not pictured)

Down Syndrome Advisory Network

The Queensland Down Syndrome Advisory Network (QDSAN) is a group of people with Down syndrome chosen to work together to provide direct advice to the Down Syndrome Queensland Board. 

The QDSAN helps Down Syndrome Queensland to: 

  • understand what is important to people with Down syndrome;

  • guide the Board in its governance and strategy; 

  • make sure the work of DSQ reflects input from people with Down syndrome; 

  • be a credible representative voice for people with Down syndrome; and 

  • identify and develop people with Down syndrome as leaders. 

The QDSAN makes sure that Down Syndrome Queensland receives direct input from Queenslanders with Down syndrome on issues that affect them.