Down Syndrome SA (DSSA)

Dance Down performance troupe costumes
Founded in 1974, Down Syndrome SA (DSSA – previously the Down Syndrome Society of South Australia) has for many years provided an holistic, comprehensive and seamless programme of education, life skills, advice and support, advocacy, activities and respite for people with Down syndrome and similar chromosomal disorders, and their parents and carers.

This project request related to the Dance Down performance troupe and was requesting a once off grant to contribute towards the cost of new costumes. DSSA have 25 young adults with Down Syndrome who weekly train and regularly perform at events.

Suneden Special School

Sensory play space
Suneden Special School was founded in 1943 and is an independent, not-for-profit, non-denominational school that caters to approximately 60 students aged 5 to 21 years with intellectual and multiple disabilities. Approximately 70% of the students have Autism; other medical conditions the students experience include Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental Delay.

Many of the students at Suneden Special School, particularly students with Autism, experience challenges processing sensory information and self-regulating their sensory and behavioural responses. Alternative learning and development settings are required to support their needs and to facilitate their engagement in curriculum and other activities.

Consequently, the school is creating a new outdoor sensory play space especially designed for the students and the first of its kind in South Australia.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)

New trot poles for Oakbank centre
In 2014 RDA relocated their state office from Maylands to Oakbank and no longer had access to trot poles. They use these poles to teach lessons, using them to set up trail & traffic courses for riders to navigate different courses, or to step over when training horses.

The UCF small grant was used to buy twenty new 3-metre poles in the centre’s colours.

WARNING: Only watch the incredibly moving and inspiring video if you have a box of tissues handy!

Technical Aid to the Disabled (TADSA)

e-Reader Loan Program – Adelaide
Technical Aid to the Disabled SA Inc. offers a unique service, providing one-off solutions to help people with disabilities. Their dedicated band of technical volunteers design, make or modify equipment not readily available, to suit individual needs.

The organisation consists of a group of approximately 50 volunteers with a wide range of technical skills and 3 part-time paid staff.

Phoenix Society

Socialisation Project
The Phoenix Society is a major South Australian provider of employment and training services for people with disabilities with the aim of expanding the range of options and opportunities available to them.

Universal Charitable Fund has provided a grant to assist in the purchase of a barbecue and associated equipment.

This will provide opportunities for people with disabilities to socialise and, for some, also learn skills of cooking, cleaning and serving food.