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International Angelman Day

The global Angelman Syndrome community celebrates INTERNATIONAL ANGELMAN DAY (IAD) annually on the 15th February,  to raise awareness worldwide for Angelman syndrome and to raise funds for national AS organisations. The date selected is in recognition of the 15th chromosome affected, and February is international Rare Disease month. The official website for IAD can be found at:

The Purpose of International Angelman Day is to:

  • Raise awareness worldwide of the condition

  • Mobilise people to action & encourage fundraising for the AS organisation in their country

  • Promote research and educational resources in the organisation’s own country

  • Remember those people with Angelman Syndrome who are no longer with us

IAD 2024
See new IAD website for info and resources

For IAD 2024, we encouraged all families to help raise awareness about Angelman syndrome in your own local community; reach out, get others on board, and make it fun! Get together with other Angelman families for social gatherings, share some kai, hold a BLUE mufti day at school or your workplace on 15th Feb to help raise funds for TAN, light up your homes BLUE, and approach local media to write articles about your activities, events or fundraisers.


Thank you TO ALL our amazing FAMILIES AND WHANAU, who made such a great effort this year to 'shine a light' on Angelman syndrome in your own communities !!

IAD 2023
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IAD 2023 - Collaborative webinar with The Angelman Network, FAST & ASF. Two 1/2 hr sessions:

  • Roadmap to a Cure 2.0 (FAST) - with Allyson Berent-Weisse and Nycole Copping 

  • AAC Q & A session (ASF) - with Amanda Moore and Communication specialist, Tabi Jones-Wohleber

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Online Campaign

Due to ongoing outbreaks of Omicron in NZ, families could request a free laminated AAC page ( created by the Angelman Academy) to be posted out for IAD 2022. Social media banners and posters were personalized and shared on various platforms.

An amazing celebrity Shout-out video was circulated for all the folk in NZ who have Angelman syndrome -  from Nickson Clark (The Edge Breakfast team) in honour of his cousin, Jordan. Featuring tributes from Chris Parker, Sharyn Casey, Lance Savali, Buttabean, Bree and Clint ZM radio, Pirie Weepu, and Johnny Tuivas-Sheck. 


Family Gatherings

Families gathered in Auckland (North Island) and Christchurch (South Island)

AUCKLAND: at Glen Eden Community House, Glen Eden. A pot luck lunch, wearing blue. Playground and kitchen available. 

CHRISTCHURCH: Sunday 14th Feb at 5 Tisch Place, Christchurch.  Shared lunch.

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IAD Family events

Events held in Palmerston North, Christchurch and Auckland. Many thanks to BestStart Marne (Palmerston North) - they organised a great fundraiser and Angelman awareness event with options to run/walk 5 or 10km. A family picnic was held in Christchurch and in Auckland at Orewa Beach - with Circability providing free entertainment,


Auckland Event

International Angelman Day Event, Auckland, Sat 16th Feb at Papatoetoe Primary School. The Angelman Network was very grateful to have the Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Disability Issues, attend as guest speaker - to meet our families and share information on some positive changes coming up soon for the Disability sector.

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Family Gatherings

Family gatherings were held in Auckland (North  Island), Palmerston North (Lower N Island) and Christchurch (S. Island). In Christchurch, families  enjoyed time together at the Southern Centre, exploring the sensory room and enjoying the swim school pool. 



Family Gatherings

Eleven Auckland families gathered together to enjoy the Trillian Trust FunFest held during the summer school holidays. The accessible location, free activities, rides and attractions on offer, made it a very special treat for our families.



Auckland Event

The theme was Love & Inclusion at the IAD event held at  Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa on the 14th Feb. Hermant Thacker shared his research work on adults with disabilities and family care, and Natalie Todd spoke on the AGOSCI 2015 conference and AAC.

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Auckland Event

The Angelman Network had a stand at the Okura Forest Festival, North shore, Auckland - on 14th Feb, Valentine’s Day.  Our  theme was 'Awareness Eyes'. The live music festival was a super backdrop for our awareness campaign. Folk could decorate a mask, learn more about AS, and make a donation.



The theme was 'Networking for AS'. 'For The Angels' team organised an Enduro-Challenge at the University of Auckland Health and Fitness Centre, in Auckland. The challenge was a fundraiser for The Angelman Network and included a sausage sizzle. It was a fun event; a win-win for everyone who attended.


The Angelman Network observed the inaugural International Angelman Day in New Zealand on 15th February 2013. It was celebrated across the country in a variety of creative ways. An event was held at PHAB, Takapuna. 13 Angelman-families and whanau were represented.

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