October 7 2010 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
New Parent Information on Down Syndrome
Information about Down syndrome for expectant or new parents should soon be the most reliable and up to date resources available. Individuals and advocacy or support organizations often take responsibility for making information packets available for local hospitals, doctors and counselors.
Please visit specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com for other articles of interest to families of children with disabilities, chronic health conditions, or other special needs.
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The 2010 Puget Sound Down Syndrome Buddy Walk at Seattle Center was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed meeting beautiful babies and toddlers, adorable preschoolers and amazing older kids, teens and young adults. For the first time, my son participated in a fundraiser:
He has been aware for some time that not all individuals with Down syndrome have type one diabetes, but after meeting a young woman with the dual diagnosis this summer, he decided to raise awareness via his 'advocacy' page. He reached his fundraising goal of $100 and decided to add a zero so the thermometer looked like a glucose test strip. Readers are supposed to read 'one thousand' and 'one million' in an Austin Powers Dr. Evil voice, for fun.
At the Buddy Walk he was most interested in the table set up to raise funds for new parent information packets - http://www.downsyndromecommunity.org/new%20parents.htm - and inspired me to write the current article. He also followed a link from that page to the Down Syndrome Information Alliance at http://www.downsyndromeinfo.org/about and was delighted to see a picture of himself as a teenager in a tuxedo at the top of the page. His birthday is at the end of the month and he feels it is only fitting that we celebrate National Down Syndrome month with Buddy Walks, TV interviews and newspaper stories. Many thanks to the individuals who work so tirelessly to plan and carry off the wonderful Buddy Walks, Step Up for Down Syndrome events, and other awareness activities in October and throughout the year.
Many families whose children have developmental disabilities or other special needs do benefit from the programs and activities that advocates for individuals with Down syndrome create, and from the accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome who have had the opportunities that help them show us just how much they can do with a little support and encouragement. Families of people with Down syndrome benefit from the work of all other disability advocates and people with disabilities who demonstrate their true potential despite the challenges they find in access to education, community and job opportunities. People with disabilities deserve to be included in the mainstream of their communities no matter what level of support they require to maintain access and health. We all add positively to the fabric of our diversity and excellence.
For links to articles, conference notices and media appearances, follow the editor of the SNC webpage, Pamela Wilson, at
Indy Driver Racing Against Diabetes
Charlie Kimball carries Continuous Glucose Monitor, juice
Jamie Foxx on Caring for Sister w/ Down Syndrome:
'I Don't Call it a Condition, I Call it Living'
Jamie Foxx, sister DeOndra Dixon
Be Beautiful Be You Fashion Show
Proceeds to Down Syndrome Research
Denver: Benefit for Global Down Syndrome
Foundation Raises $1 Million+
Born to Act Players Madrid Theater 2010
Activist advocate Julie Hertzog inspired by her son,
David who has Down syndrome
Time to Act Against Bullying NOW
PACER interactive innovative web sites
designed inspire students to end bullying
The Who's Pete Townshend performs song by
writers w/ Down syndrome
Rachel Fuller and Pete Townshend perform songs
by writers with Downs syndrome at workshop inspired
by Melissa Riggio (snapshot)
Melissa Riggio made a difference http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art56423.asp
Life Goes On for TV's Corky
Support for Special Needs
Ari Ne’eman, First Autistic Presidential Appointee
Speaks Out | Wired Science | Wired.com
Your child needs a SMART iep
A nice write up about how the Signing Time videos
helped a child with Down Syndrome
Kindermusik: Great fun for Luke w/ developmental, motor & speech delays
http://twitter.com/lleshin: For DS Awareness month:
if I get up to 150 followers by the end of the month,
I'll donate $100 to the NDSS.
Win a Copy of My Sensory-Integration Book
Special-Needs TV Night: Parenthood and Glee
Would you like medical terms in plain language?
Check out the "Plain Language Medical Dictioniary."
DSIA'S 6TH ANNUAL WALK!
Step Up for Down Syndrome
Sunday, 17 October
William Land Park, Sacramento
9:00 am - Registration Opens
10:30 am - Walk Begins
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I love the little lobster outfit!
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