UpsideDowns Education Trust

About this business

It is well-documented that “Speech and language therapy is the most important part of intervention services for children with Down syndrome if we wish to promote their cognitive (mental) and social development” (Buckley and Le Prevost, 2002). However, it may come as a surprise that the specialist education needed to ensure children with Down syndrome are equipped with the effective communication skills is not provided as part of the New Zealand Government’s education curriculum. It is only available through private practitioners.

In 2003, a group of parents of kids with Down syndrome sought to address this need by establishing the UpsideDowns Education Trust. By helping fund speech and language therapy, they have ensured hundreds of kids have received tens of thousands of life-changing sessions and developed the ability to communicate effectively. The charity remains led by a volunteer Trust Board comprised predominantly of parents of children with Down syndrome.

Contact information

Phone0204 077 2400
Location1/28 Honan Place, Avondale, Auckland 1026
Postal addressPO Box 77 034, Mt Albert, Auckland 1350

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