WDSD: a better tomorrow for people with Down syndrome

C-J appToday, my local newspaper, the Louisville Courier-Journal, carried an op-ed of mine in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. Here are links to the many organizations, programs, and individuals I mentioned that are making a better tomorrow for people with Down syndrome. 

Going in order of those mentioned in the op-ed:

  • Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action is a trade association supporting local Down syndrome support organizations. If your organization is not a member, I would encourage you to consider joining and definitely attending the annual conference.
  • Mardra Sikora has a blog and is focused on supporting families of adult children with Down syndrome.
  • The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network is one of the most compassionate missions in America.
  • The Learning Program is a research-based teaching program that teaches both children and their parents how to teach to their children’s needs.
  • Down Syndrome of Louisville is a leading Down syndrome support organization with a mission of providing lifelong educational programming to its members.
  • BuddyUp Tennis is a multi-state program that teaches tennis fundamentals to individuals with Down syndrome of all ages.
  • Jeff & Jan Huffman are opening a hotel in Muncie, Indiana that will serve as a hospitality service training center for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Cedar Lake Lodge provides residential options for individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Greater Louisville area.

As I write in the op-ed,

The cumulative effect of these helpful programs and committed individuals is a better tomorrow for my daughter and those like her — hence, why the 21st century is the best ever for those with an extra 21st Chromosome.

Another effort that is making for a better tomorrow is the 3-21 e-learning conference that begins today. Registration gives you access to the presentations for 60 days. My colleague, Stephanie Meredith and I, will be presenting on March 21st at 1 pm on prenatal testing and medical outreach. If, however, you may be watching the NCAA tournament, again, you will have 60 days to listen to our presentation and the 60+ others.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day, everyone.

Today is the final day to take advantage of the discounts offered for Lettercase’s materials. Click here to purchase the resources identified by expectant mothers and professional guidelines as the information to provide when delivering a prenatal test result.

And, donations are always accepted for the National Center for Prenatal & Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources. Click the donate button at the right (or this link) to make a donation in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. 

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