Supports and services

Down Syndrome Victoria has a Family Support team with a wealth of knowledge and information. Please email us.

Our Family Support team members provide both professional and peer support as they are also parents of children with Down syndrome. We understand that everyone reacts differently to the news. We are here to support you no matter how you're feeling. We are available to visit to help answer questions if that's what you need. And if you're not quite ready to meet us yet, that's ok....we'll be here when and if you decide to make contact.

New parent support

New parent Information pack

Workshops for families

Support groups

Education Support


Other helpful links and contacts

Need to talk? Are you experiencing difficulties, trouble sleeping, anxiety about your caring role, ongoing feelings of despair, dealing with sibling issues or family relationship problems?

Pick up the phone today and call one of these organisations for help:

Find a counsellor:

Down Syndrome Victoria has a Family Support team with a wealth of knowledge and information. Please email us.

You also might like to refer to their Key Regional Contacts which are information sheets with specific contact details for key services in each of the nine regions of the Department of Human Services.

Individual respite funding available

Funding is available for individuals with Down syndrome and their families via Commonwealth Carer Respite Centres or Respite Victoria and other service providers.

For more information refer to Respite and Funding on this website.

Individual support packages

Individual Support Packages (ISP) are funding support for individuals with a disability.

Disability information and advocacy

National Disability Advocacy - new Department of Social Services online resource to help people with disability access advocacy services. This provider finder is quick and easy to use, and allows searching by location or by type of advocacy service.

Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) are an information, support and advocacy organisation for children with a disability and their families in Victoria. They have excellent resource publications:
  • Through the Maze - helps steer you in the right direction when you have any general disability questions
  • Learning to Lead - designed to help families learn to lead the planning process for accessing services and supports.