Announcing Caroline Hay for Endless Possibilities Conference Brisbane

We are pleased to announce Caroline Hay will be presenting as a keynote speaker at the Endless Possibilities Conference.  The 2019 Endless Possibilities Practical Inclusion Conference will be held on 5 & 6 March at Victoria Park Golf Club, Herston, Brisbane.

Caroline Hay has been working with children for over 21 years. She has been teaching at Faith Lutheran College, Redlands for 11 years and is currently teaching Grade 6. Caroline is passionate about the way each individual child learns and has completed a variety of curriculum projects with Independent Schools Queensland and Griffith University. Caroline has a mentoring role within her school setting and has recently presented at the ‘Inclusive Directions for Education’ Conference in Brisbane. She has a strong commitment to ensuring all students feel included within the school setting, and that they achieve with appropriate support and guidance in all aspects of learning. 

Register your place at the conference here

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

Announcing Dr Bob Jackson for Endless Possibilities Conference Brisbane - March 2019

Who better to talk to us about Practical Inclusion

We are excited to announce that Dr Bob Jackson, Managing Director of Includewill be a keynote speaker at the Endless Possibilities Conference. Dr Jackson will be presenting on both days of the conference, and you won't want to miss his insight on Practical Inclusion.

The 2019 Endless Possibilities Practical Inclusion Conference will be held on 5 & 6 March at Victoria Park Golf Club, Herston, Brisbane.
Dr Bob Jackson, is an subject expert in inclusion, having worked in the field of human services and education for over three decades. Dr Jackson has had a wide experience as a Direct Care worker, Psychologist, Manager of Disability Services, Researcher, Director of a Research Centre on Disability, Associate Professor of Education and consultant to government, private and public educations systems, agencies and families.  He is also a Nationally Registered Psychologist.

You won't want to miss Dr Jackson's keynotes.

Register for a place at the conference here

Announcing Catia Malaquias for Endless Possibilities Conference March 2019

I am excited to let you know that the Catia Malaquias, winner of this years’ 

Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018 Award – Diversity and Inclusion will be presenting as a keynote speaker at the Endless Possibilities Conference.


The 2019 Endless Possibilities Practical inclusion will be held on 5 & 6 March at Victoria Park Golf Club, Herston, Brisbane.


Catia Malaquias is a lawyer, board director and mother of three young children.  She is committed to human rights and inclusion of people with disability, especially in relation to media and cultural representation as well as education.  She is Director of Down Syndrome Australia and is co-founder of All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education, a not for profit multi-stakeholder organisation working for the implementation of an inclusive education system in Australia.

This is a keynote you won’t want to miss.

More information about Catia and her achievements can be found here

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Step UP! Videos released

Will You Step UP! for Down Syndrome Awareness Month?

Down Syndrome Queensland has released two videos to promote the Step UP! for Down syndrome events happening across Australia during October as part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The Step UP! videos released today were produced by Down Syndrome Queensland and students from the Griffith Film School. 

Watch the videos here:

Everyone is welcome to participate in a Step Up! event. Visit the Step UP! website at register for an event or to make a donation. In Queensland events are being held in Hervey Bay and Brisbane.

Step UP! events work to highlight the strengths and abilities of people with Down syndrome and the contributions people with Down syndrome make to the community.

Funds raised by Step Up! help the state and territory Down syndrome associations deliver services, support and advocacy to the community.

 “Step Up! events are an opportunity for families to connect with each other. It’s wonderful to take the time to meet up with old friends, hear their news and raise funds at the same time. Right now, the focus for many families is on the change brought about by the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” said Darryl Steff, CEO of Down Syndrome Queensland.

“We thank the Griffith Film School students for their contribution and support. These videos capture the energy and spirit in our communities. We encourage everyone to watch and share them with friends and family,” Mr Steff said.

Media contact:Darryl Steff. M: 0411 184592. E: [email protected]

Will you Step Up for Down syndrome this October?

Step UP! celebrates The 13,000+ people in Australia with Down Syndrome

October is Down syndrome awareness month and throughout the month, Step UP! events across Australia will bring people together to walk, socialise and enjoy activities and entertainment, whilst raising public consciousness of diversity within the community as well as raising funds to support people with Down syndrome and their families.

We are holding a number of separate events across Queensland during October, with events confirmed for Hervey Bay and Brisbane.  All events will have entertainment, a fundraising walk, food and fun!

You can register for an event and create a fundraising page here

We'd love for every family to target to raise over $200 and every individual over $100.  Let's see if we can build on the success of our Bridge to Brisbane fundraising and beat the other States and Territories!!Prizes will be given for the biggest individual and family fundraisers. 

Get your Step UP! T-shirts or caps

We’ve got T-shirts and caps available for purchase, check them out at our online store

Promote your local event

We'd love the whole community to come to the Step Up events so if you'd like to promote it at your kindy, school, workplace or anywhere, download these posters.

Brisbane Step Up                                    Hervey Bay Step Up

Where do the Funds Go?

Funds raised by Step UP! Brisbane will go towards developing Health and Fitness programmes as well as supporting playgroups.

Funds raised at the regional events will stay in the regions to provide support, services and information to empower people with Down syndrome and their families.

If you want to see what other States and Territories across Australia are up to and how their fundraising events are going, have a look at the Step Up for Down Syndrome website.

If you have any queries, please email [email protected] or call 3356 6655.

Support the Kubota Australia and Casalis Down Syndrome Awareness Drive

Our CEO, Darryl Steff will be heading north next month to join the fourth year of the Kubota Australia and Casalis Down Syndrome Awareness Drive.

Here is the story behind the Kubota Australia & Casali’s Down Syndrome Awareness Drive and also some history about the event.  If you would like to donate to support this event, please click here and use the reference Casalis

Raising awareness for Down Syndrome is a cause close to Casali’s Manager Alex Arena’s heart. His eldest Grandson Milan was diagnosed with Down Syndrome 3 days after he was born in 2012. This event gives Alex the opportunity to raise awareness and educate people about Down Syndrome as well as raise funds for a very worthy charity.

In 2015 the first ever Casali’s Down Syndrome Awareness drive was held on the 3rd & 4th of October. 34 people participated in 13 RTVs and five 4WDs. No one really knew what to expect but everyone had an awesome time and it was an amazing success. We even had a marriage proposal! Over $10,500 was donated to The Down Syndrome Association of Qld.

Our 2016 event on the 1st & 2nd of October had an ever larger amount of people wanting to participate but unfortunately our dates clashed with several other local events happening on the same weekend and a lot of people were unable to attend. Even Milan couldn’t make it this year, he had to stay home and wait for his new little brother to arrive. We had 21 people participate in 10 RTVS and one 4WD. $6,500 was donated to The Down Syndrome Association of Qld and the Mareeba Friends of the Hospital Foundation.

In 2017 Kubota Australia came on board as a major sponsor. The date of our event was brought forward and this was the first year that it was not held over the October long weekend. 51 people participated in 20 RTVs, three 4WDs and for the first time 1 Quad. 2 of our participants travelled over 1400kms from Childers. Each year they had really wanted to be involved in our drive and they were so excited to finally be able to attend! Over $6,800 was donated to The Down Syndrome Association of Qld.

Our 2018 event will be held on the 15th & 16th of September and this year we will be staying at Bloomfield Beach Camp. Kubota Australia is again providing sponsorship and we are very excited to have the CEO of Down Syndrome Qld Darryl Steff and his son join us on the drive. Each year the continued generosity shown by our local community is overwhelming. We hope that you can help us make 2018 our most successful event yet!

As our event has grown each year so has Milan. Since 2015 he has ridden a bike and started walking. He still attends school once a week in Cairns and in 2018 he started Kindy. Recently Milan has started practicing how to feed himself and of course he still loves riding on the Kubota RTV at home or at Nonno Alex’s. #downsyndromeawareness #loosethelabel