Reflections on past events and workshops of 2017

Talking Education Melbourne
8th March, 2017

This week Down Syndrome Victoria held it's annual education professional development day at Mantra Bell City.  Our inspiring Keynote speaker Anthony Semann captivated delegates with his ideas and anecdotes around mindset and inclusive practice in education. He challenged the group to take a close look at their workplace policies around inclusion and see if they are actually really ‘practicing’ them. He asked them to examine their own personal biases and to look at the workplace culture regarding inclusion.  

The program for the day also included presentations on Motor Skills, Positive Behaviour Support and Curriculum Modification. Parent Jo Montano gave a parent’s perspective on education and teacher Ellie and 10 year old Ayah from Newport Primary School treated the group to a video of Ayah at school before answering questions.
Bell City was a great venue for the conference and the Mantra staff and catering were excellent.

Feedback from participants so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to next year's event being every bit as successful.

DSVC2U Ballarat
27th & 28th April, 2017

Last week DSV staff Dani Kohn, Yvonne Harrison and Sue Blandford attended a dinner with seven local families (26 people in all) at the Robin Hood Hotel in Ballarat. It was a great turnout in the end. The conversations were engaging and useful.  Wendy McNabb, who coordinates the local support group and runs the annual Learmonth Market for WDSD, said how fabulous it was to see all the families come together for a meal.  One family were brand new and their gorgeous 3 month old baby boy was a very popular little man on the night, getting lots of cuddle volunteers!  It was great also to see a couple of families that have not perhaps maintained contact with DSV, re-engage on the night.

The following day we had planned some workshops, however the format of the day needed to be changed due to low participant numbers. We still managed to have an informative and quite personalised meeting with families, discussing topics such as schooling, employment, physical & emotional safety.
Thanks to locals families and Pinarc for supporting our visit, it was great to catch up.

Family Fun Day 
19th March, 2017

This year's Family Fun Day sure was hot, but members, family and friends turned out regardless, ready for a good time.  As usual, parents got the chance to network and gather more information about the Down Syndrome Victoria and our services in a relaxed environment, AND there was plenty of entertainment for everyone including performances by the Glenn Family Band and BAM Allstars dancers.

Huge thanks to all our volunteers who helped out on the day, our performers and entertainers and to Ashwood School for so generously providing us with the space to hold the event. Down Syndrome Victoria is very appreciative of all that our members and friends do for us.

AFL Umpires Association Grid Game
20th August, 2017

For the second year in a row, the AFL Umpires Association have put on a wonderful event for our members in the form of a Grid Game on the MCG.

Twelve families gathered at the ‘G’ to go up against the Umpires on a beautifully sunny winter’s day on Sunday 20th August. And although it was unclear who actually won, there was plenty of laughter, some star marks, some serious legends and one very full-on tackle!

The fun didn’t stop there, as members were invited to stay and watch the (very close) Melbourne v Brisbane game and see one of our Club21 members Mark Polonski assist the Umpires at the coin toss as part of the Fiona McBurney match day experience.

Thanks to all those involved and hope to see some of you again next year.