THE DANIEL & JOSHUA SZWARC MEMORIAL TRUST

The Daniel and Joshua Szwarc Memorial Trust was established in the memory of two young boys who had a rare degenerative condition known as “Canavan Disease”. The Trust is managed by ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc and Barbara Szwarc with the objective of improving the quality of care for children with disabilities and their families by funding innovative research, programs and speakers in the field.

The fatal disease retards normal infant development resulting in failure in motor development, gradual blindness and total debilitation.

The administration of The Daniel and Joshua Memorial Trust was transferred to ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc. in 2000. The Trust is co-managed by ForCHILDREN (Australia) Inc. and Barbara Szwarc, the mother of Daniel and Joshua, with the objective to improve the quality of care for children with disabilities by promoting research and education.

The Trust aims to do this by contributing to the funding of innovative research projects, programs and eminent speakers at conferences and seminars who are considered groundbreaking in the field.

It is fitting that the memory of Daniel and Joshua, through The Daniel and Joshua Szwarc Memorial Trust, will inspire others to continue the work for the betterment of the lives of children with disabilities and their families.

It is planned that an Annual Oration for the Daniel and Joshua Szwarc Memorial Trust be a feature of the Trust’s program.

ACTIVITIES

The Daniel and Joshua Szwarc Memorial Trust was proud to support the inaugural Scope Early Years Conference in Melbourne in September 2013.
Funds from The Daniel and Joshua Szwarc Memorial Trust were provided to support the costs of having both an international and national speaker presenting best practice at the conference – these being Peter Limbrick, (image below) Author of ‘Team around the child’ and ‘Working horizontally in a vertical world’, from the UK, and Denise Luscome, President of Early Childhood Intervention Australia, Western Australia.

Barbara Szwarc, also presented a brief paper at the conference, outlining the purpose and value of the Trust, and presented the book she has written the book “Love, Sweat and Tears” in the precious memory of these special children

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