Community groups

Notices of interest to Members of Down Syndrome Victoria. Please refer to our disclaimer when considering this information. For those interested in having a community notice featured, please complete the Community Noticeboard EOI form.

Individual, couple and family counsellor

Kathy Cohen has recently established a private practice in the field of Individual, Couple and Family counselling.  The practice is located in the Bayside area. Kathy is currently working as MyTime facilitator and has expereince working with parents and families with a child with a disability.  For more information click here or contact Kathy on 0407 995 692 or email her

Special Olympics Victoria - Young Athletes Program

Special Olympics Victoria has a new program called “Young Athletes”. The Young Athletes program is free, with sessions taking place on the weekend for children with intellectual disabilities aged 2 to 8 years. The program is designed to assist young children in their physical, cognitive and social development in a fun, non-competitive environment.
For more information contact the Special Olympics Victoria State Office on 03 9877 2769 or email  


e.motion21 provides dance and fitness opportunities for children and young adults with Down syndrome. It offers a supportive, fun and purposeful teaching environment where our dancers thrive and where social opportunities and friendships come alive.

Please visit the e.motion21 website, or email

Miller Special Needs Sports Clinic

A weekly sports clinic for people with special needs run by Luke Miller, who has a sister with special needs. It is open to all ages, activities include basketball, soccer, dancing & even duck-duck goose! Attendees choose which activities they want to play.
When- Every Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
Where- Bialik College 21 Cato Street Hawthorn East 3123
Cost- $10 per person per clinic
Who- Millers Sports Clinic aims at people of all ages with special needs.
Contact- If you have any questions or are intersted please call Luke Miller on 0404723545 or via email at

Swim 4 All

Swim 4 All provides private and group classes to all; specialising in children with special needs. Teachers are Austswim qualified and attend regular training in teaching swimming to special needs children as well as typically developing children. Lessons are half an hour in duration and are guided by the swimmers specific needs and the level criteria in the Swim 4 All program. Swimmers without special needs are also catered for in private or group classes.

Before beginning classes families are invited to visit the centre so children can acquaint themselves with the new environment and parents can pass on all the necessary information a swimming teacher would need to be able to best teach their swimmer. Parents have an opportunity to speak to the teacher to discuss any issues and alleviate any concerns they may have.

Any questions please contact Natalie Clarke, email:  or visit the website

BAM Allstars Dance Group

BAM Allstars runs classes at Monash University Peninsula, McMahons Rd Frankston, every Saturday through school terms.  All ability levels are welcomed and encouraged, with regular community performances part of our program for all who wish to participate, and an annual concert.

The focus of our group is modern, performance dance.   We are a very sociable and inclusive group with new students always welcome. Classes are available for children, teens and adults.

 More information at or by calling Lisa on 0425 721 848.


BDC Dance: Friday after School Dance, Movement and Music (DMM)

*Dance *Movement *Music *Design *Engagement *Enjoyment *Self expression *Exploration *Interaction
For children & teenagers with additional educational needs at BDC Dance, 13 Yertchuk Ave, Ashwood
DMM Kids Club 4:30-5:45pm Friday afternoons for 8-12s (approx Year 2-6)
DMM Teens Club 6-7:30pm Friday evenings for teens+ (approx Year 6-12) (please eat prior)
2012 Term One: Friday 9th / 16th March: Term Two: Friday 20th / 27th April: Term Two: Friday 11th /18th May 

BDC Dance: 9888 3354 or email for registration forms.
Sessions will be lead by Joanne Watt who has led workshops in this style since the early 1990s in a wide range of educational settings. No special gear required... come and enjoy moving & music together in an informal and social setting.

Deanna Korman is.....Creating parties for people with special needs

"Dee's Parties 4 all" is a business run by Deanna Korman, who has both an Event Management Diploma and a Certificate 4 in Disability Studies, as well as worked in the disability field for 5 years. She has put her business together as a means of adding happiness and fulfillment to the lives of young people with a disability. The concept is new and unique, and provides the opportunity for people with disability to host a party that is both fun and caters to their specific needs.

Deanna says: "My business not only looks at creating a fun and exciting atmosphere but it also merges my two passions- disability and singing. I have been singing for over eleven years and I love the joy it brings me. At my parties I will be singing which ever songs are requested. The parties can also be themed , with prizes and give-aways to each person at the party. I will have unique games and a red carpet fashion show."

Business flyers are available and Invitations can be emailed and downloaded. For further information, contact Dee on 0438 220 886 or email: 

Recwest Footscray (YMCA)

Recwest Footscray (YMCA) is providing fitness & recreation opportunities for individuals in Melbourne's western suburbs. Through our Access All Abilities Multisport & Access All Abilities Gym sessions, participants are improving their health, fitness, and having fun while working out! Contact Rachel Gent on 9689 1322 to find out more.

Down Syndrome Victoria member models for Zart Art catalogue

Click to view the feature from the Zart Art Catalogue

The Funky Turtles rock band

The Funky Turtles hatched in late 2002 as a Recreation & Social Support Program for young adults with a disability living in Ballarat. This program is delivered by Pinarc Support Services, a disability agency based in Ballarat, committed to making a positive difference to the lives of people with a disability by providing opportunities for them to maximize their potential. What started out as a simple idea of making music together once a fortnight, soon blossomed and then snowballed into a fully fledged rock band with serious dreams of fame and glory. You can hear their music, and learn more about the band, including upcoming gigs here.

Disability and Diversity Creative Writing Group

Disability and Diversity have a support group (St Albans based) to provide opportunities to participants to express themselves by telling a story. Have fun telling your story to the facilitator who can help you write down your story, or write a story yourself and bring it to the group. If you don’t have a preferred topic for your story, the facilitators are happy to help you by providing a few topics to choose from. A great opportunity to develop skills in expression, writing, and communication while building your self-esteem and confidence.
These sessions are specially targeted towards Ethnic people with a disability but everyone is welcome. Attendant care support and/or interpreters are available on request. Morning tea and coffee will be provided - and the fortnightly sessions are free - see the program flyer for more information.