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Good News Story

As told by Gabrielle Aberhart, Scott’s support person) Scott is a non-verbal 17 year old boy is with downs syndrome.

Scott loves music and dancing so it was a natural choice to enrol him in StarJam Christchurch. There is not a StarJam group where Scott is from. Scott is one of three students that attend StarJam from Halswell Residential College.

Scott’s favourite day of the week is a Tuesday. This means that he gets to go away from the school and spend time with other students like him. Even though Scott cannot talk he enjoys the start of each session where he gets to hear what each student has been up to. Scott’s favourite part of StarJam is when they have spot the talent at the end. Scott enjoys watching the other students perform their songs, he always cheers the loudest.

The biggest impact that StarJam has had on Scott is that he is able to go out into the community and attend an activity with other that are like him. Scott does not fit into mainstream activities because of his limited ability.
The StarJam team that hold the sessions do amazing work with the students and allow each student to express themselves in their own way. Because Scott is non-verbal they still engage with him on a level that he can communicate back with them.

After a few sessions at StarJam we were able to see Scott’s confidence grow. He started to communicate more with staff and students. Scott has come back with more songs and dances that he enjoys showing everyone. I would recommend StarJam to any family that has a member that has downs syndrome or intellectual disability.

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Posted in: 2016

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Lunch with Dr. Libby – Stories of Impact

Lunch with Dr Libby



proudly brought to you by



Jenner Real Estate Ltd MREINZ Licensed Agent REAA 2008




Celebrate and support StarJam at an exclusive lunch with our Patron and keynote speaker Dr Libby Weaver, whilst enjoying inspirational stories of the impact of StarJam on our Jammers and their families’ lives.


Friday June 10th

from 12.30pm


Tickets $95 per person


Table of 10 people for $900


Set in the centrally located and iconic

Auckland Deaf Society building, you will enjoy a professionally catered and delicious lunch thanks to the generous support of Little Wolf catering and Little Island.


Space is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Special thanks to:

Jenner Real Estate Ltd MREINZ Licensed Agent REAA 2008



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Join Dr Libby & StarJam for International Day of People with Disability 2015

StarJam’s Patron, internationally acclaimed nutritionist, author and speaker, Dr Libby Weaver is fronting the launch of StarJam’s new annual appeal on Thursday 3rd December for International Day of People with Disability.  The special day is celebrated globally and aims to raise awareness and promote the understanding around disability in New Zealand, supporting the dignity, rights and well-being of people living with disabilities.

I recognise and value the importance of giving children with special needs the opportunity to shine. International Day of People with Disability is a special day that does just that and provides an opportunity to engage with the public about the importance of inclusion and empowerment of people of all abilities.  The fact that one in five New Zealanders are less-abled quite often involves a world of cant’s instead of cans; I love that StarJam is all about bringing the talents of these amazing young people to life and showing the world what they can do instead of focusing on what they cannot do”.  

StarJam’s annual appeal invites New Zealanders to help provide more young people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in StarJam’s music and performance workshops where they are no longer the minority, can learn new skills and develop self-confidence and self-belief.  Young people with disabilities experience respect, equality and inclusion at StarJam.

Show your support and give a gift today or give your time to join StarJam’s annual street appeal on Thursday 3rd December, more details here

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