Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Save the Date – 10th Annual Open House, Fly-In and Indy Air Race benefitting Down Syndrome Indiana




10th Annual Open House, Fly-In & Indy Air Race
Saturday, August 6, 2016
7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Indianapolis Executive Airport
11329 East State Road 32, Zionsville



Check out all the day’s activities at http://www.montgomeryaviation.net/open-house-fly-in-air-race!


Monday, June 13, 2016

DSI Summer Picnic: July 16th

Join us at the Down Syndrome Indiana Summer Picnic for a fun-filled afternoon of fairies, pirates, mermaids and lost boys.


Saturday, July 16th

11AM to 2PM

Southeastway Park

5624 S Carroll Road

New Palestine, IN 46163

(Shelter # 3)


Featuring delicious gluten-free food, face painting, buried treasure, and happy thoughts...

... all you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust!

Please RSVP to register@dsindiana.org or call 317-925-7617 if you and your loved ones plan to attend. More info at: http://www.dsindiana.org/summer-picnic.php.

This event is provided with no cost to our families, though we do accept donations of office supplies. US postage stamps and white copy paper are greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Calling all D.A.D.S.!


Join the DSI D.A.D.S. Group on Friday, June 10th at Eagle Creek Golf Course.  D.A.D.S. leader Mike Byron says, “The DADS golf outing is a great mix of people who come together to celebrate and support a worthy cause, to enrich the lives of the families and individuals with Down syndrome.  It’s always a great day filled with golf, support and camaraderie.”


Thank you to this year’s outing sponsors, check out the list of sponsors and register to play in this year’s outing www.dsindiana.org/golf.php


Raffle Tickets!  Don’t miss out on a chance to win a Flat Screen Television.  Raffle tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50 or 7 for $100.  Contact Down Syndrome Indiana today at 317.925.7617 to purchase your raffle tickets!


Proceeds from the event go to cover DSI D.A.D.S. activities like the monthly meetings, Lifetime Fitness Open gyms, the DADS Christmas party at Recreation Unlimited and a night at the Indian’s game. DSI D.A.D.S. also donates $10,000 to the Riley Children’s Foundation in support of Camp Hi-Lite, a week long summer camp for individuals with Down syndrome. None of this would be possible without community support for the DSI D.A.D.S. golf outing. 574 were impacted by DSI D.A.D.S. and their mission in 2015.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DSI Annual Conference: Beyond Limits May 13th and 14th


This conference will feature national and local speakers who are outstanding in their field. This unique opportunity will allow parents, professionals, individuals with Down syndrome and students to receive accurate and up to date information about best practices in the field of Down syndrome. Click here to download the brochure.


Topics will include:



-         Gross Motor Skills for Children with Down syndrome featuring Pat Winders;

-         The ABLE Act featuring Heather Sachs from the National Down Syndrome Society;  

-         Down Syndrome and Behavioral Changes with Aging – Dementia and other Conditions;

-         Puberty;

-         Advocacy;

-         Transition;

-         And more!



Interested in exhibiting? Please download an Exhibitor Packet here.




Scholarships are available through Consumer Investment Funding from the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities! Please email garner@dsindiana.org for more information on receiving a scholarship to cover the registration fee.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Ask an Advocate featuring Mary Delaney


              April 13, 2016

              6:00PM

              Sol Center, 708 E Michigan Street, Indy.

              RSVP to: register@dsindiana.org


Do you have questions about what to expect at your child's IEP? Should you bring an advocate to your child's IEP or not? Is there a difference between public and private school as far as the law is concerned? Do you have a child beginning kindergarten in the Fall and don't know what to expect? Come join us for an evening of questions and answers with DSI founder and passionate advocate, Mary Delaney. Feel free to bring your most pressing questions about education and your child. You can have them answered in a comfortable and informal atmosphere.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Impact


Happy Disability Awareness Month!

Just wanted to share with you some of Down Syndrome Indiana’s accomplishments from 2015:

·        1,649 Parents Served;

·        738 Individuals with Down syndrome served;

·        $14,000 given in scholarships and financial assistance given;

·        13,640 unique visitors to the DSI website;

·        5,000+ R-Word cards handed out;

·        4,000 Buddy Walk® participants;

·        3,723 hours donated by volunteers;

·        2,041 attendees at various community support group events;

·        202 New Parent Packets given;

·        75 Educator Toolkits;

·        43 parents total serving as First Call parents;

·        28,843 people were impacted by our mission.

You can also find this info online at: http://www.dsindiana.org/Impact.php.

Looking forward to another impactful year with you,





Lisa Wells, Executive Director

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Why I Walk...

By Guest Blogger Lilly Capecci


I WALK for my sweet Eli. When he was born with Down syndrome we didn't know what that meant for his future health and happiness. The unknown scared us, but Down Syndrome Indiana was there: they provided us with a new parent’s packet full of resources and information on raising a baby with Down syndrome. They provided that much needed support at his birth and have continued to support our journey with Down syndrome throughout his first year- That’s right Eli turned ONE on January 31st!  



I WALK for my sweet Eli but I also walk for many other reasons...



I WALK for all individuals living with Down syndrome and I WALK for their families too.



I WALK to bring awareness, acceptance, and love for Down syndrome. 



I WALK for Down Syndrome Indiana(DSI) and Lafayette Area Down Syndrome Organization (L.A.D.S.O.).  They support individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout the state of Indiana. They help bring in speakers, educators, advocates, and many other resources to families.  Both DSI and L.A.D.S.O. are dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome through education, support, and advocacy. We appreciate all the support they have provide us.



I WALK with the hope that someday the world will be more accepting of individuals who are differently abled-Down syndrome or not.



I WALK to bring awareness to the many blessings that a child with Down syndrome can bring to your life- in hopes that a mother with a prenatal diagnosis will choose life and not abortion out of fear of the unknown. My child is so much more than his diagnosis and no prenatal test will ever be able to tell a parent that! His life is no tragedy ­in fact his life is a blessing! I think we benefit as society to have greater diversity in our world.   



I WALK to raise awareness for accurate educational material to be given to parents after receiving a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis. That medical professionals who are delivering the diagnosis of Down syndrome are giving accurate and up-to-date information about Down syndrome.




I WALK to bring awareness to the many families waiting to adopt a baby with Down syndrome- so that a mother carrying a baby with Down syndrome who doesn't want to choose this journey will choose life - for that baby whose life has value and for the family waiting to love a baby born with Down syndrome.



I WALK to improve acceptance for individuals with disabilities because I dream of a day when our child won’t be labeled by the things he can’t do or that take him longer to do. 



I WALK to bring awareness to the many things my child can do and will do in his life. I bELIeve he can do anything that he wants to do and that he will make a great contribution to our lives and the world.



I WALK and PRAY for a day that the world will see my child and all our children as differently abled with something great to contribute to our lives and the world. Because with love and support from their parents, families, and friends our children will be able to accomplish many things and live life to their fullest capabilities and we   should be proud of that.



I WALK to show that Down syndrome has changed my life - my life is filled with MORE LOVE.  


We hope you will join Team Just BELIeve this spring at Buddy Walk® Lafayette on Saturday, April 30th or at Buddy Walk® Indianapolis on Saturday, October 8th.