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Down Syndrome
Information Alliance
May 2011
Table of Contents
Community Support Network!
SAVE THE DATES for these Community Support Network programs in 2011.
Saturday, June 11, 2-4pm
Saturday, Sept 17, 2-4pm
Saturday, Dec 10, 2-4pm
River Life Church, 4401 A St., Sacramento, CA
For more information contact the DSIA at 916-658-1686
Dreamnight at Sacramento Zoo & DSIA PICNIC 
On Friday evening, June 3, 2011, 530pm - 830pm the Sacramento Zoo will once again host Dreamnight, a special free evening for children with chronic illnesses or disabilities and their families. Dreamnight is an opportunity to visit the zoo in a relaxed environment with other children and families who face similar challenges.
This is the sixth year the Zoo will be hosting Dreamnight. This international event began in the Netherlands and is always held on the first Friday in June. Now, hundreds of zoos around the world participate in Dreamnight.
For more information, and to RSVP contact the Sacramento Zoo at
916-808-5888 or
DSIA will have a picnic spot in William Land Park (GA-8) from 5:00-6:30. Please bring your own picnic dinner and blankets. This will be a great oppurtunity to meet new families and connect with friends before enjoying a great night at the zoo.
William Land Park Amenity Guide
Community Support Network 
June 11, 2011 | 2:00pm-4:00pm
RiverLife Fellowship Hall
4401 A Street, Sacramento 95819
The DSIA wants to strengthen our sense of community and provide opportunities for parents and grandparents to share, children to form relationships, and siblings to bond.
  • Music, Art, and other activities fo children with Down syndrome (and their siblings) will be hosted by volunteers
  • Karaoke for teens and adults with Down syndrome (and their siblings) will be hosted by volunteers
  • Special Needs Trusts & Conservatorships:local attorney Trevor Stapleton will provide an overview of special needs trusts and conservatorships, and answer your questions.
  • Parents’ Breakout Sessions: for those who prefer to attend a sharing session, these sessions give parents an opportunity to discuss topics important to them. Sessions are broken out based on the age of the child with Ds.
  • Dads’ Breakout Session: for those dads who’d like to meet other dads, this session will give them an opportunity to meet each other, discuss topics important to them as fathers, etc.
The DSIA’s Community Support Network is for the whole family! 

Join us for an opportunity to connect, socialize, share, and enjoy educational opportunities for the entire family! For more information contact DSIA at
916-658-1686 or
Music Therapy Groups
Are you interested in a group activity  focused on music? Check out the Music Therapy Groups hosted by Music to Grow on. 

Every Friday 930-1030 in the Roseville/Rocklin Area and Every Other Friday at the Anatolia Clubhouse in Rancho Cordova. 

Please contact Bessie Barth at or 
916) 849-9708 for more information 
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The 39th Annual NDSC Convention is right around the corner and we want to see you there!  
We have a star-studded line up in store for you, including Lauren Potter, actress, from Fox's Hit Television show - Glee!  Plus, self advocates, Monica and David from HBO's award-winning documentary.  Visit the NDSC's new convention website to learn more exciting details about our upcoming giant family reunion.   Be sure to read below for important updates and be on the look out for future emails with more convention news.
This year, camp has been extended to 6 days, 5 nights. Camp is designed for campers
aged 7 and above. Each camp will have a minimum of 65 campers. 

We'll provide a camp packed full of activities, including crafts, dance, movie night, swimming, archery range, rope course, pet therapy, tie dying, talent show, and more!
Only 4 spots left on the first session and 9 spots left on the second session!

Register soon!
Third session spots still available.
CLICK HERE for more information
Lose The Training Wheels Camp 
Monday - Friday June 20-24  

Lose The Training Wheels™ is more than just a bike-riding program. For many children with disabilities, it’s a seemingly impossible task they can typically master in less than a week’s time. Within days of learning to ride, many children exhibit independent behaviors for the first time ever. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives. 

Questions: Brian Berg, Camp Director: or (530) 682-0036

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