DENVER & ATLANTA (Dec. 3, 2013) – Medical professionals, self-advocates and parents of people with Down syndrome will have access to 14 innovative educational programs across the U.S. and Puerto Rico through $155,000 in Global Down Syndrome Educational Grants. One of the largest grants of $10,000 went to Orlando’s own Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.
Global Down Syndrome Regional Seminar Series will be a quarterly program for self-advocates, their families and medical professionals in various locations across central Florida and the first one will debut in Orange County on Saturday, March 8. For more details about the grants and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, click here.
Family-centered approach to learning new skills: vocabulary, vocal play, multi-sensory awareness and social development.
Thursdays 10-11 am, January 16-May 29 at DSACF Office, 204 N Wymore Rd., Winter Park 32789.
$60/month nonmembers and $30/month for DSACF members
Contact Tamela Ponder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-489-1783
Join us and presenter Jenn Sikora, winner of the 2012 National Down Syndrome Society Champions of Change award, as we discuss the details of the ABLE Act and what impact it would have on your family if it passes this Congressional session. Easy to understand and important in the life of your loved one–no matter what age! When? Monday, Dec. 16, from 12 noon-1pm. Free to all DSACF members, registration required here.
Sponsored by DADS, 5471 Lake Howell Rd. Winter Park, FL 32792
6-8 pm. RSVP to email@example.com or 407-478-5621
Congratulations, Florida! All Florida representatives and one of our senators have signed on to support and co-sponsor this important legislation. Senator Nelson is the ONLY member of Congress from Florida not cosponsoring the ABLE Act!So DSACF, as well as ALL DS groups and advocates around the state are asking that the Senator join his fellow Senator and ALL Florida Representatives to cosponsor this important legislation for the disability community! THIS week we are calling, tweeting, visiting, emailing Sen. Nelson and his staff. For easy links and templates, as well as more details about the Act, click here.
View the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida’s latest lunch and learn webinar on parent-to-parent mentoring here!
DSACF is pleased to offer a free program for teens and adults with Down syndrome (ages 16 and up)Visual EYES: Visual Supports for Communication. The program is designed to facilitate communication for individuals with Down syndrome that may need additional help with behavior and communication, using low or high-tech visual supports (picture boards and schedules, apps for individual’s Ipad or Iphone, etc.) This program is in partnership with UCF, FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center and UCF Communication Disorders Clinic, and Advance Behavior & Learning. Apply at http://www.dsacf.org/?attachment_id=1694 by Oct. 14.
Don’t miss the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida’s next Parent Mentor Training this month (what better way to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month?!!) on Monday, Oct. 28, 12 noon-1pm. It’s free and ideally for parents of children with Down syndrome ages 12 months-6 years. Registration is required at https://dsaia.clickwebinar.com/DSACF_Lunch___Learn/register Presenter: Amy Van Bergen
“How To Do A Peer Presentation for Students about Down syndrome”
Noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 23
It’s back to school time and our next free Lunch and Learn webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 and will feature Educator and Parent Kathy Becht. The focus will be on creating your own peer presentations for elementary and middle school ages. Remember, the webinar is free to all DSACF members and $10 for non-members.
If you have a little one with DS age 2 or younger or are new to the Central Florida area, we would like to invite you to our upcoming New Family Celebration and Brunch on Sat., Sept. 28, 10am-12noon. The celebration will take place in Winter Park at 204 N. Wymore Rd, and of course, the event is free.
We will have plenty of food, other families, and great information on local resources like navigating the Early Steps system for early intervention, what you need to know as a new family, and just enjoy celebrating YOU and your family.
Please bring grandparents, friends, other family. RSVP at 407.478.5621 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to let us know how many will be attending and see you there!