Netscape CSS Problem

Someone alerted me this week to a problem viewing this site under Netscape Navigator version 4.x. I think it was caused by Netscape’s poor implementation of CSS, and hopefully it’s fixed now.

If you notice any problems, please email me and let me know what’s wrong. Please include your browser name, version, and anything else you think might be relevant. Thanks!

July 19th, 2002

Jade Erin Vidilini Is Born

Jade Erin Vidilini was born today! Congratulations to Adam and Paula, and the new big brother, Bradley.


2 comments June 5th, 2002

Disability Support Pension Reform

In their 2002-2003 Federal Budget, the federal Government announced a reform of the eligibility criteria for the Disability Support Pension. These reforms will have significant impact on working adults with Down syndrome, lowering their income and benefits, and thus affecting their ability to lead an independent life.

Please read this article about how one individual, Lisa McKerlie, stands to lose out. Have a think about the impact these changes will make on her life.

If you agree that the changes seem unjust, please contact your local MP.�You can look them up here:

For further information, see the Down Syndrome Association of NSW web page and media release. Even if you just send off a quick email to your local MP pointing them to these web sites, you’ll be helping a group of people who really need it.

For those in the Gilmore electorate (from Kiama down to Durras North), here is Joanna Gash’s email address for your convenience:

May 25th, 2002

Born To Read

Grace and Megan attended the launch of Kiama Library’s “Born To Read” programme today. Grace was presented with a baby kit containing brochures, a bib and a book, by the Kiama Mayor Sandra McCarthy.

May 22nd, 2002

Luke Skywalker’s Birthday

Today is Luke Skywalker’s birthday! (May the Fourth…)

Megan, Grace and I travelled down to Huskisson today to catch up with Robyn, Ian and Todd, and also Joyce who was staying with them.

May 4th, 2002

Grace Rolled Over

April 29th, 2002

XBox Rocks

At Megan’s insistence, we bought an Xbox today. She’s been playing Munch’s Oddysee ever since.

April 26th, 2002

Finley William Jones Is Born

Our friends Will and Nicola gave birth to a healthy baby boy this morning. His name is Finley William Jones, born 7-4-2002 at 4:02am, 3.495kg (7lb 11oz), 50cm (20in) long. They are at the Royal Hospital for Women at Randwick, the same place Grace was born.

Congratulations, guys!

April 7th, 2002

Grace’s Heart Surgery Follow-Up

We took Grace up to Sydney today for some x-rays and a follow-up appointment with her heart surgeon, Dr Nunn. He was very pleased with her progress – there’s no sign of fluid around her heart or lungs, her liver is normal, and her heartbeat sounds fine. He also took out the stitch on her chest – all that’s left is a fine line, more like a scratch than an open-heart surgery scar!

April 5th, 2002

Down Syndrome Links

I’m trying to collect more sites about Down syndrome. If you have any suggestions, please email me.


Welcome to Holland – An article about what it feels like to find out your child has Down Syndrome, and a fresh way to look at the positive side of life.
Stories By Linda Moran – Essays by a freelance writer who has a son with Down syndrome.

Australian Sites

Down Syndrome NSW (DSANSW) – The support organisation we belong to.
Vinson Report of the Public Enquiry into Public Education – A report into inclusion in schools in NSW.
Disabilities and the Classroom – The transcript of a show that was screened on SBS in October 2002 about inclusion of kids with disabilities in mainstream schools.

Other Countries

The Down Syndrome Home Page (International)
Communicating Partners (US) – Dr James MacDonald, who works with children with Autism and Down syndrome
Down Syndrome Research Foundation and Resource Centre (US)
Down Syndrome: For New Parents
National Down Syndrome Education and Research Institute (US)
Down Syndrome: Health Issues (US) – Essays written by a pediatrician who has a son with Down syndrome, to help other parents.
Growth Charts (US) – Growth charts for children with Down syndrome.

April 2nd, 2002

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