Giving a voice
to kids with
Giving the gift of life-changing speech language therapy to children with Down syndrome
We're the UpsideDowns Education Trust, a charity established in 2003 by parents of kids with Down syndrome. We provide funding for speech language therapy for kids with Down syndrome. For children with Down syndrome, learning to speak can be a real challenge.
We're giving a voice to kids with Down syndrome all over New Zealand and equipping them with the skills to talk, read, and write. By funding their speech language therapy, we're ensuring these kids have the best possible start to life.
We currently support over 150 children from Northland to Southland and everywhere in between. However, our waitlist is always growing, and our current membership represents only one in nine kids with Down syndrome in Aotearoa. Our dream is for all kids with Downs to be able to access this crucial intervention therapy.
The Trust plays a vital role in improving the learning development of the children, enabling them to integrate better into the community and enrich their lives.
One of the speech language therapists who works with UpsideDowns is competing in the Wanaka Challenge this February to raise money for kids with Down syndrome!
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? We have the answer right here! For only $15 you can buy a beautiful UpsideDowns desk calendar.
On 4 November 2018, the Coalition Government announced that approximately 600 additional Learning Support Coordinators will be employed by 2020.
Thank you to all the wonderful people who bought a raffle ticket at the Auckland Better Home & Living Show over the weekend! You helped us raise over $2,000 for kids with Down syndrome - wow!! That means a whole year of speech therapy for a child which is just incredible. To find out if you are the lucky winner of the grand prize, click here to watch the video!
Thanks to support from the Hugo Charitable Trust and all our regular donors, UpsideDowns is thrilled to announce the introduction of our third subsidy option - 100% of speech language therapy costs covered to an annual cap of $1,300!
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of our supporters, we have once again been able to clear our waitlist in record time. The Board moved on 7 July to clear the entire waitlist of 16 - a huge achievement!
Once again we put the fun in fundraising and raised over $13,000 at our annual Quiz Night!
Support Upside Downs
Every dollar really does count.
Currently in New Zealand, the government does not provide funding for kids with Down syndrome to access life-changing speech language therapy.
Your donation will help get more kids off our waiting list.
See what we do
Watch the video below to see how speech language therapy and support from UpsideDowns has helped Miles and his family!