Helping families & individuals with Down syndrome has been my heart since Paul was born. That’s why I’ve started & served groups here in Lincoln & Nebraska. There are many worthy organizations you can give to. I hope you will consider giving to DSAA Nebraska as one of those organizations. Please support our Facebook Fundraiser this #GivingTuesday19 to help us reach individuals with Down syndrome and their families across the state of Nebraska., There are so many ways we can support individuals with Down syndrome be valued, accepted, & included in our schools, communities & society! ,
Deb Safarik, President
Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska
ClRecently our board members Deb Safarik and Angie Willey completed training through Disability Rights Nebraska to become Inclusion Advocates for Families in the state of Nebraska. As part of our training we spent 2 whole days studying inclusion; what it is, what it could.be and why it is important to individuals with different abilities. These lessons confirmed what we already knew. Here in Nebraska, we have a long way to go,to change mindsets so that students with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are fully included in the general ed classroom as the norm not the exception.
There are some wonderful stories of educators and families who strongly advocate for inclusion and work together to make inclusion a reality for their students. We would like to give a huge shout out to all of those families and educators who work hard to make every student feel like a valued part of the school. When children of all abilities are included in the general education classroom, every student benefits.
But far too often, we hear stories of families who fight tooth and nail just to get their kids included in specials, Children who's only inclusive time in a school is lunch, or children who spend their entire day in a separate wing of the school and only interact with other children who have disabilities. That is the reality for far to many of the students in the Nebraska Down syndrome community.
So this year for inclusive schools week, we would like to provide resources to help you advocate and ask for inclusion at your school. Remember at DSAA Nebraska we are here to help you with the IEP process. We can help you review your child's IEP, draft parent concern letters, and possibly even attend IEP meetings either in person, on the phone, or via a webinar connection. You don't have to do this alone.
The resource we would like to share with today is the TIES Center. This organization can help both families and schools with learning the best practice for inclusion and valuing all students.
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Join us for a fun Trunk or Treat. If anyone is interested in decorating a trunk for the event let us know! email@example.com
We are excited to spread awareness during October with our Down Syndrome Awareness Month Poster campaign. This year each family will receive one free 11x14 photo poster or $10 off any other size poster or yard sign. You can decide where the posters are displayed, or we can display them locally at businesses, schools and libraries. The choice is yours. There are no limits to the number of personalized posters you or your friends and family can sponsor. There are 3 styles of posters available in 3 different sizes and a yard sign option (yard signs are similar styles printed horizontal and include a stand). Each style can be personalized with a photo of your loved one with Down syndrome. Posters will be processed within one week of final design approval. You will also receive a copy digitally that you can share with friends and family who might also like to sponsor a poster.
Complete the poster request form below and email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska would like to extend a sincere thank you to the attendees, speakers, and especially the National Down Syndrome Congress for your partnership in making this event such a great success. We hope everyone enjoyed, learned and met some new friends to walk with you on this journey. We look forward to the next Central Nebraska Summit!
Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska is proud to participate in Give to Lincoln Day 2019.. We believe that all individuals with Down syndrome deserve to feel supported.
We offer support across the lifespan. You can help us ensure that no family is without resources. Give to Lincoln Day ends today at 11:59 pm, but you don't have to wait. https://www.givetolincoln.com/nonprofits/down-syndrome-advocates-in-action-nebraska
DSAA Nebraska is proud to be hosting 2 Buddy Walks in the next few weeks right here in Nebraska.
The first is the Lincoln Star City Buddy Walk to be held at Gateway Mall on March 16, 2019. This walk is an open house where families and team can walk any time that is convenient for them between 8 and noon. We will walk one lap as a group at 1o:30 am for any who would like to join us. While this walk is our main fund-raiser for the year, the purpose of the walk is to raise positive awareness about Down syndrome and to promote walking as part of a healthy lifestyle, The walk itself is free to anyone who would like to come and support the community, however we do have some great prizes for those who would like to participate wearing a Buddy Walk t-shirt or button. The t-shirt deadline for this walk has passed, but we will have a couple sizes of shirts available the morning of the walk for $15 on a first come, first served basis. Buttons will also be available for a donation of $4. Walkers who walk with a t-shirt can earn one raffle ticket for every lap of the mall they walk. Walkers wearing a button will earn one raffle ticket for participating. Even if you plan to attened as a free walker, we would appreciate if you pre-register to save time and to give us an accurate head count.
The Kearney Lucky Few Buddy Walk will be held on April 6, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Kearney. Come join us for food, fun and fellowship as we celebrate The Lucky Few individuals in our community who are Rockin' an Extra Chromosome☘️💙💛. Shirts are just $15 and need to be ordered by March 22nd. Use this link to order your shirt. Your shirt is your registration or $10 at the door will get access to all the food and festivities.
Not able to make the walk, you can still donate to help promote Down syndrome awareness and education in Nebraska. We appreciate your support!
The Lincoln, Nebraska Star City Buddy Walk will be held on March 16, 2019 and will celebrate the lives of individuals with Down syndrome in the community. An event of this magnitude requires the work of many talented and generous individuals giving of their time and talents. We appreciate each and every person who helps to make this event possible. As an all volunteer organization, every dollar donated helps us to reach more families.
We still have a few spots open for our upcoming Buddy Walk. If you would like to volunteer, please use button below to sign up. Also, please email your t-shirt size to email@example.com so we can have a volunteer shirt for you to wear at the walk. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 16th!
Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska, is a group for parents run by parents.