Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Down Syndrome Indiana is seeing an increase in the number of calls that it gets related to adult life issues. Guardianship is one of the issues at the top of the list. You see, once a child turns 18 they become their own legal guardian unless steps are taken ahead of time to have a legal guardian in place. If you pursue guardianship of your child, I highly recommend beginning the guardianship process when your child turns 17 so that you have everything in place when your child’s 18th birthday rolls around. This is very important because it can take several months to get an appointment with your county court! Below is a simple checklist of items to help guide you in the right direction….


1.      Prior to your child’s 17th birthday, please make sure you have a regular doctor that you see at least on an annual basis;

2.      When your child turns 17, talk to your doctor about guardianship. Your doctor will give you paperwork to fill out. Fill out and return in a timely manner;

3.      When your child turns 17, contact an attorney that is versed in guardianship to help you through the process. DSI can give you a list of attorney’s names that other parents have used;

4.      Celebrate your child’s 18th birthday without worries!

5.      There is paperwork that needs to be filled out for the court on a regular basis if you become your child’s guardian. Please talk with your attorney to make sure you understand the follow up work that needs to be done.

Please note that if you would like to send your child’s name and birthdate to DSI, we are more than happy to send you a reminder letter around your child’s 17th birthday.  You can also find out additional information by visiting our Ask the Expert page at: http://www.dsindiana.org/Guardianship.php.

It is my pleasure to serve you,

Lisa Wells, Executive Director


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rare set of books to benefit DSI

By Guest Blogger Greg Johnson

Fall is here it is time for the Down syndrome Buddy Walk(R) and The Hunger Games Book 2 "Catching Fire" will be released as a movie in just a few short weeks. Somewhere on a branch in Emily's Family Tree is a leaf by the name of Suzanne Collins the author of The Hunger Games. Suzanne graciously signed a SET of The Hunger Games books (yes all three are signed!) specifically for Down Syndrome Indiana to be raffled off in December 2013. Visit: http://www.dsindiana.org/Raffle.php for a form you may fill out and mail in for a chance to win this very RARE set of books. Yes this set is extremely RARE not only because of the popularity of the series but also because the 3rd book in the series has very few true "Autographed" copies. During the national book signings of the release of Mockingjay Suzanne had an injury to her hand and had a special STAMP she used for signing the books. This set she signed for DSI is the Real Mccoy! If you are interested do a web search on Autographed Hunger Games Books and see if you can find a Mockingjay copy Autographed and not STAMPED. Here is a link to the first book The Hunger Games http://hunger-games.net/rare-first-edition-signed-copy-of-the-hunger-games-book-on-sale/ notice the price for 1 BOOK!!!!! Not all 3 and I guarantee the even more RARE Mockingjay is worth 2 times that! Oh and don't forget book 2. My math tells me this set is worth around $10,000.00! So for a small $10 chance you could be the lucky winner of a great set of books and help a great organization at the same time! Good Luck and "May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!"


PS Please forward this to your friends and family!


Greg, Claudia and Emily Johnson

2013 Buddy Walk Top 5 Teams

A huge and heartfelt thank you to all of the 2013 Buddy Walk(R) Teams! You created an incredible amount of awareness about Down syndrome in our communities. Thank you!

The top 5 fundraising teams for the 16th Annual Buddy Walk® are as follows:

5th Place – Ella’s Fellas
4th Place  – Team Aurora
3rd Place – Mallory’s Minions
2nd Place – Isaac’s Deputies
1st Place – 21 DreamS

Monday, October 7, 2013

Congratulations Top 5 Fundraisers!

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for working so hard to raise awareness about Down syndrome. This year's top fundraisers are:

5 – Brook Lawson
4 – Buffy Smith
3 – Jason Ellis
2 – Mallory Ellis
1 – Beckie Lehman

Congratulations to ALL fundraisers! Thank you again!!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Team Packet Pick up Today!

It always amazes me how quickly time flies when we are having fun… and the Buddy Walk® is just around the corner!


To make the day easier on your family, we suggest that you pick up your team materials (t-shirts, signs, etc.) and turn in donations at the Early Bird Registration, this Friday October 4th from 3:00 – 7:00pm at the Down Syndrome Indiana office.


If you have any questions or comments regarding the Buddy Walk®, please do not hesitate to ask – I am happy to help however I can!


Please note our *new* office location address: 708 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202


See you soon!


Jessica Hadsell

Event Coordinator, Down Syndrome Indiana