Cobaw celebrates World Down syndrome Awareness Week

Cobaw Community Health is celebrating World Down syndrome Awareness Week (19-25 March 2018) by hosting a morning tea at the My Time Playgroup on Monday 19 March from 9:30am-11:00am at 49 Forest St, Woodend.  child looking at fish toy

World Down syndrome Awareness Week celebrates the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome, with this year’s theme focusing on the different ways people with Down syndrome make a difference to their communities.

Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome, chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes in their cells instead of 46 which results in a range of physical characteristics, health and development indications. Down syndrome affects, but does not determine, development or achievements. People with Down syndrome are unique, with their own talents, abilities, thoughts and interests.

Cobaw provides a range of services and supports to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, including Early Childhood Intervention Supports that help families to understand their child’s unique developmental needs, while strengthening and developing their capacity to successfully access all parts of community. Cobaw is a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider of services for all people with a disability from birth to 60+.

“What happens after birth is by far the most important thing in shaping the outlook for every individual with Down syndrome. This is why access to coordinated early childhood intervention services, like those offered by Cobaw, that support the individual and their family to develop skills in their own home, everyday routines and community are so critical,” said Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO.

“With appropriate community health supports, people with Down syndrome can actively participate and contribute to all aspects of family and community life.”