Down Syndrome
Information Alliance
April 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
The State of California Needs Your Feedback on Proposed Cuts
In response to the State of California's budget crisis, and a mandate from Governor Brown and the State Legislature, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) must cut $174 million from its budget. You can read the DDS proposals (how they expect to achieve the cuts) by clicking here.
 You May Submit Your Feedback in Writing

Your voice is important to DDS. If you cannot attend a public forum, written input is welcome. Your written input must be submitted by May 9, 2011 to Patti Samuel at the following address. For additional information, please contact her directly at (916) 651-1484.  

Patti Samuel
Department of Developmental Services
Office of the Director
1600 9th Street, Room 240, MS 2-13
Sacramento, CA 95814
DSIA featured on ABC's Sacramento and Company 
CLICK HERE to watch the interview as we talk about Down Syndrome, siblings and family relationships.
DSIA would like to thank Dr. Brian Skotko and Sue Levine for the fantastic workshop they put on for the siblings of children with Down Syndrome. The children had a great time, and learned a lot about Down syndrome - and they got some special time to meet and hang out with other children who have a sibling with Down syndrome, too.

CLICK HERE for more information on their book, Fasten Your Seatbelt - a Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters


This month, the NDSS affiliate webinar will be What Your Other Children Without Down Syndrome Are Thinking: Sibling Issues, with Brian Skotko and Sue Levine, co-authors of Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters.   
Explore what questions, needs and concerns are often raised by children who have a brother or sister with Down syndrome. Parents and/or professionals will come away with practical answers to commonly raised questions. The presentation will draw upon Brian Skotko and Sue Levine's publication in the American Journal of Medical Genetics and their book, Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. 
Please join us on Thursday, May 19th at 12pm ET.  Space is limited.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  
Slides from the presentation will be posted to   During the webinar there will be time for Q and A and open discussion on any topic.  Please feel free to submit questions to NDSS in advance of the webinar.  To submit a question, or suggest a topic for a future webinar, please email
Dreamnight at Sacramento Zoo 
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 disabilitiesand 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 contact the Sacramento Zoo at 916-808-5888 or
Registration is now open for the 39th Annual NDSC Convention! 
This August, our annual convention will be Deep in the Heart, in San Antonio, TX! Parents and professionals will have an opportunity to learn from the best speakers from around the world and share experiences with one another.  Teens and adults with Down syndrome will be empowered at the Youth and Adults Conference. And siblings of individuals with Down syndrome will have a chance to learn and be heard at the Brothers and Sisters Conference. This year, we'll be offering Kids' Camp, a supervised place for the younger kids to gather while the rest of the family attends conference workshops. It truly is like a giant family reunion! 
CLICK HERE for more information
National Down Syndrome Society E-Newsletter
May 2011
CLICK HERE for newsletter
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
We Connect Now
We connect is dedicated to uniting college studesnts with disabilities in access to higher education and employment issues.
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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Roseville, CA 95747

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