Supporting the person with Down syndrome Workshop

Event date: 
20 May 2010
2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley Technology Park Function Centre

Supporting the person with Down syndrome.

Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm.

2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley

Cost: $176 per person. (includes morning tea, lunch, GST)

This workshop has been designed to give support workers an overview of the person with Down syndrome, focusing on social and behavioural aspects, along with strategies to enable optimum support and enhance community inclusion.

Topics discussed during the workshop will include:

  • Medical characteristics and health care
  • Communication, speech and language
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Duty of care
  • Social development
  • Supporting inclusion
  • Ageing and related issues, including the Alzheimer's connection
  • Working with family/carers


Julie Ireland
Julie has a Masters degree in Science education and spent 11 years in the teaching profession. She has been actively involved with the Association for many years and has worked for the last seven years in Family Support and Education. As well as helping families, her role has included support to teachers who call for advice, talking to class groups of students, consulting at staff meetings, and running Professional development courses. Julie has an 18 year old son with Down syndrome.

Jackie Softly
Jackie is the Information and Development Officer for DSWA. She has extensive experience in the disability area, having a 25 year old son with Down syndrome and working in the field for many years. She was a founding member of DSWA in 1986 and has been involved in various roles ever since. Jackie also works as a private consultant and is the Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability. Jackie's training experience includes the development and presentation of disability related training for government and non-government employees, volunteers, committee members, schoolchildren, child care workers, support workers and people with intellectual disabilities.