Down Syndrome Awareness month is just around the corner! We want to make the most of all 31 days and spread as much positive awareness about Down syndrome as possible. Your loved one with Down syndrome can be featured on a yard sign or indoor poster with your choice of color and quote designed to your specifications. Yard signs (18x27 in) can be sponsored for just $30 and include a stand to make it easy to display at your favorite location. Rather have a indoor poster? 11x14 inch posters can be sponsored for just $10 and 16x20 inch indoor posters are just $20. There is no limit on the number of posters you can sponsor . Display at your home, business, church, library or school. Not sure where to display your poster? We will be happy to display them for you. Sponsor a individual poster or donate to the general campaign. Photos must be received by September 15th to ensure they will be ready to start spreading awareness on October 1st (Photos and sponsorships will still be accepted after September 15th but posters may not be ready until after October 1st).
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DSAA NE recognizes and supports this movement, but realize that not everyone is a fan of getting tattoos. DSAA mom and vice president Angie Willey designed a few different styles of Lucky Few necklaces, car decals and t-shirts as a way to support the solidarity of the movement without dealing with needles.. To date necklaces have been shipped to over 30 different states and the proceeds are being donated to local or national Down syndrome charities, with the majority going to DSAA Nebraska. We thank her for her generosity. You can see all the fun awareness items that she has made at Ben's Brigade website. #theluckyfew, #nothingdownaboutit #Downsyndrome #t21
Congratulations to team Little Rey of Sunshine for winning top walker and coming in 2nd place for fundraising, team Ben's Brigade for winning top fundraising and coming in second place for number of walkers, and to team Karing for Kayleigh that took 3rd place honors in both walkers and fundraisers!
We look forward to continuing to grow the Buddy Walk every year. It is important to us that every who is touched by Down syndrome in our community is included and given a special day where they are celebrated. Everyone is welcome!
1. It is Indoor! By walking inside Gateway Mall we get to do something that very few other walks around can do - guarantee a comfortable walking environment. The mall allows walkers the ability to shed their coats and wear their walk shirt with pride so that everyone in the community that comes to the mall that day can see that we support the Nebraska Down syndrome community.
2. It is an Open House. - As parents of children with Down syndrome we understand that Saturdays are busy and that large crowds can cause stress for some of our loved ones. By allowing walkers to walk anytime between 8 am and noon, we can allow families to come before the mall crowds arrive, fit an awareness activity into their hectic Saturday schedules, and spread awareness over a longer period of time.
3. We need to Spread Awareness, Every. Chance. We. Get. Comedians and video streaming services that feel it is OK to get a laugh and make money at the expense of people with an extra chromosome, Independent sellers mocking people with special needs. Kids being bullied at schools. People making inappropriate comments on feel good news stories involving Individuals with Down syndrome. These are all recent examples of why our advocacy efforts are needed. Individuals with Down syndrome are valuable members of society and by participating in awareness events, we can help educate others about the many strengths, abilities and gifts of those in the Trisomy 21 community. As our shirt logo says, Be the Change, because we are Lucky and Blessed!
4. Inclusion- For many of us inclusion is a daily battle that we fight in our schools and communities. One of our goals for the Star City Buddy Walk is to make sure that every family in the Nebraska Down syndrome community feels welcome and included at the Buddy Walk. It is important that we take this opportunity to advocate and spread awareness. Our registered VIP guests with Down syndrome get a free Buddy Walk t-shirt. Family members walking with them can come for free or order their own buddy walk shirt for just $15 ($18 shipped). Those who walk wearing Star City Buddy Walk t-shirts can earn raffle tickets by walking to try to win some great raffle prizes. Some of the prizes include a 4 Night 5 Day stay in Branson, Mo, a Down syndrome awareness basket, a family 4 pack of tickets to the Lincoln Children's Zoo, a Signing Time basket, restaurant gift cards and more. Walkers who earn raffle tickets can choose which prizes they want to try to win.
5. World Down Syndrome Day- We host our walk every year in March in Honor of World Down syndrome Day. March 21st, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
6. St. Patrick's Day- This year our walk fell on St. Patrick's Day and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than to also honor our loved ones with Down syndrome.
7. Programming- While raising positive awareness about Down syndrome is the main goal of our walk, we are also a 501(c)(3) recognized non-profit who relies on donations from the community to help fund our advocacy efforts. Supporting our organization will help us continue to provide families with IEP Support, a Resource Library, Family Connections Events, New Parent and Medical Outreach, Advocacy Alerts and more We hope you will consider supporting our important work and mission.
Supporting Star City Buddy Walk is easy and there are many way you can help. You can register or donate on our website, form a team, walk as part of the general event or to just learn more about this fun, inclusive awareness walk. To share the fun with others, please print or share this .pdf flyer. Would you like a flyer that features your loved one with Down syndrome? We can do that too. Contact us to find out more. You can also donate in person at the event. We hope you will support the 2018 Star City Buddy Walk and celebrate those in the Nebraska Down syndrome community this March!
There is a movement going through the Down syndrome community right now called the Lucky Few Tattoo movement. Parents of children with Down syndrome are getting matching tattoos with 3 arrows. The design means so many things to so many of #theluckyfew. Three, for that third extra magic 21st chromosome and the arrows are the perfect symbol because you can’t move forward without first being pulled back and stretched.
This design is a great conversation starter. However, we understand and can related to parents who want to be part of the movement, but are not really comfortable with the thought of getting a tattoo. This year we have included the Lucy Few arrows on the Buddy Walk T-shirt. Our walk is going to be held on St. Patrick's Day, and we are going to have so much fun walking and spreading awareness wearing this shirt. Those who walk wearing a shirt will also be eligible to earn raffle tickets to win some awesome prizes. Register by March 2nd to be ensure you get a shirt.
The 2017 Star City Buddy Walk hosted by The Down Syndrome Advocates in Action (DSAA NE) will take place at Gateway Mall on Saturday, March 17th 2018! This is the largest annual fundraising and awareness event hosted by DSAA NE . The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This year’s event will take place near the Food Court at Gateway Mall and will feature games, and fun for all of the walkers who support the Nebraska Down syndrome community
If you are not already familiar with DSAA NE, it is a growing nonprofit 501c (3) organization founded 2 years ago to respond to the needs of families of loved ones with Down syndrome here in Nebraska! Our organization’s mission is to advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. We actively pursue inclusion of individuals who have Down syndrome in all areas of life so they embrace opportunities to contribute and be valued members of society.
To fulfill this mission of advocacy, DSAA NE relies on community support, generous contributions from local businesses, and volunteer-based fundraising activities. Your help would be greatly appreciated! Many of our supporters have found that participating in the Buddy Walk is a great way to give back to an important cause and demonstrates their sincere belief in the future of the local community.
Walkers can walk as part of the general event, create teams and even fund raise. Use the button below to go to the Buddy Walk website. Thank you for your support! .
Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska, is a group for parents run by parents.