Friday, March 17, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY BUILDING WILL SHINE BRIGHT WITH BLUE AND YELLOW LIGHTS TO CELEBRATE WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY


IPL's 10-story downtown headquarters will light up with blue and yellow Down syndrome awareness colors on March 21st , 2017 for World Down Syndrome Day. We invite people to take selfie’s in front of the window display and share on social media tagging @IPLpower and @downsyndromeindiana and use hashtags #IPLlights and #WDSD2017. Share your photos celebrating World Down Syndrome Day and help Down Syndrome Indiana spread awareness and acceptance for Down syndrome.



About World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is a day in which people with Down syndrome and those with whom they live, work and socialize, organize and participate in activities and events around the world to raise public awareness and create a single, global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome. The date for World Down Syndrome Day is the 21st day of the 3rd month, selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.  World Down Syndrome Day was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world, and officially recognized by the United Nations as an annual day of celebration in 2012.



Contact To learn more about World Down Syndrome Day, please contact Stephanie Garner, Program Coordinator garner@dsindiana.org.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Meet 21 Dreamer... Savannah


Savannah’s Mother shares, “The day Savannah was born changed our lives in so many ways. The minute she arrived, and we saw her for the first time, we noticed her beautiful red hair. Since her father is Caucasian with dark brown hair and her mother is of Asian descent, red was not what we would have expected, but neither was the possibility of her having Down syndrome.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

INDIANA DISABILITY RIGHTS ATTORNEYS WILL BE ON CALL ON ELECTION DAY


On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, Indiana Disability Rights attorneys will answer questions and take complaints from persons with disabilities who have any issue casting their vote. The #HoosiersVote Hotline will be open during polling hours, 6:00AM - 6:00PM local time. 



Exercising your right to vote is an essential element of your civil rights. Every person who has registered to vote and has proper identification should be able to cast their vote privately and independently at their polling place or through absentee voting. Unfortunately, some people with disabilities may experience issues when they try to vote.



If you experience any of the following issues, call Indiana Disability Rights:

Lack of an accessible path from the parking spot/drop off point to the voting booth;

Stairs or non-paved surfaces such as gravel or grass as the only path to the polling location;

Lack of at least one doorway wide enough for a wheelchair to get through to access the polling location;

Lack of at least one set of automatic doors or someone available to open doors;

Lack of a functioning, accessible voting machine;

Lack of poll workers available who know how to operate the accessible voting machine. 



Know your rights. If you require assistance in order to cast your vote, a poll worker may assist you or you may bring someone with you to assist you. The person who assists you cannot be your employer or your union representative. You must request assistance before you enter the voting booth.



If you are have questions or are unable to cast your vote privately and independently during this election, Indiana Disability Rights is here to help! Call our hotline at 800.622.4845. Your vote counts!

Monday, October 10, 2016

October is Down syndrome Awareness Month


Down syndrome occurs in one out of every 691 babies born. When a parent learns that their baby is going to be born with Down syndrome or has been born with Down syndrome, they may and do often feel anger, despair, guilt, shame, rejection of their baby, depression, helplessness or they may feel happy, loving and accepting. No matter what a parent feels once learning of the diagnosis, every parent wants more information. Down Syndrome Indiana provides comprehensive New Parent Packets and a robust support network for parents that have a newborn with Down syndrome or have just learned of the diagnosis before their child is born.


If you are a service provider or a parent and would like to request a New Parent Packet, please visit: http://www.dsindiana.org/RequestAParentPacket.php. A Spanish version of the packet is also available.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Buddy Walk: Saturday, October 8th



Buddy Walk® Tools

The Buddy Walk® website has lots of great tools and resources.  Most can be found under the Event Information tab.  Click here and navigate to the Event Information at the top to find fundraising ideas, social media tools, team incentives and much more!



Awareness Challenge – help us spread the word about Buddy Walk® in the community and get rewarded!  Post a Buddy Walk® postcard or poster in the community, send a picture to cathy@dsindiana.org and receive a $5 treat card!



Promotional Materials - DSI has lots of Buddy Walk® promotional materials to help your team.  We have donation cans, yard signs, car cling’s, posters and post cards.  Stop by the DSI office or contact Cathy at cathy@dsindiana to schedule a time to receive your materials.



Digital Downloads

We have lots of new and exciting tools for you to use this year!  Click here and navigate to the Event Information at the top to find fundraising ideas, social media tools, sample media submissions we would love you to use, team incentives and much more!

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.