We are excited to have one of our board members co-presenting a webinar for the National Down Syndrome Congress Ages and Stages 3-5 year old session this week. Angie Willey, Advanced Singning Time Instructor, and Kim Yager, President and Founder of Little Leaf Learning Center in Omaha will be presenting a session called Underwear 4 Kindergarten. This is a new approach to potty training that Kim has been using at her center that has been been having wonderful results. This progam has families start much earlier and getting food healthy habits set before kids learn behaviors that can impede learning. Join us on March 31st at 2pm CST for this informative and life changing workshop. You won't regret it. Register at the NDSC;s website. #underweear4kindergarten
DSAA Nebraska is excited to be hosting 2 fundraisers tomorrow at 2 different Runza Restaurants. If you are in Lincoln Nebraska, please support us at the Runza at 4901 O street Between 11 am and 4 pm on March 21 World Down Syndrome Day. If you are in Kearney, visit the North Runza from 5-8pm. In Kearney there will also be a car parade starting at 4:30 at the Merryman parking lot and ending at the Runza. Join us and help celebrate those with Down syndrome in our communities. #wdsd21 #dsaawdsd #dsaakind
wdsdTo help our families with celebrating World Down Syndrome Day we are doing a contest to promote doing Random Acts of Kindness. Until Saturday March 20th, please post pictures of the kind things that you do in your community on Social Medial. Use the hashtags #dsaakind or #dsaawdsd so we can find your posts. On Sunday, 3-21 we will draw a winner to win a Down syndrome awareness item of their choice. They could choose a necklace, t-shirt, Peanut Butter Falcon movie, or Wooden Arrow wall hanging.
To help families, we have created a World Down Syndrome Day Page with pintables that you can use when you spread kindness, hand out treats for WDSD or anything else you choose to do to celebrate the day. Go to https://www.dsaane.org/wdsd.html to find your WDSD resources. #wdsd21 #dsaane #dsaakind #dsaawdsd #dsawareness
Today is the day to make your pledge! Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), a group made up of over 200 million people representing every country, belief system, sexual orientation, gender expression, race, and ethnicity, continue to be excluded and isolated from their peers in schools, workplaces, and communities around the world. By taking the Pledge to Include and by acting for meaningful inclusion, you can combat the hurtful and dehumanizing effects of exclusion. Make your pledge here
We would love to thank all of our supporters who help make Down Syndrome Advocates in Action a resource for families! As many of you know we are a 100% volunteer run organization. This means any donations made to DSAA NE goes to work much faster and farther within the Nebraska Down syndrome community. Here is a graphic that shows just a few ways your support impacts families in Nebraska who have a loved one with Down syndrome.
We hope to have official Buddy Walks in both Lincoln and Kearney this spring. In these uncertain times, we are not sure yet if they will be in-person, virtual or some combination, but we can't let the time go by without doing some sort of celebrations. Keep on the look out for details coming soon!
While most of us in the Down syndrome community will agree that our loved one has changed our lives for the better, it does not mean it is all sunshine and roses. Sometimes we deal with challenging behaviors that come from communication delays, slower processing speeds, and anxiety. The good news is that there are some simple solutions that can make a huge difference.
Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska, is a group for parents run by parents.