Down Syndrome Information Alliance
May 2014
The BIG Day of Giving on May 6th was truly historical for our community. In one 24 hour period, $3,020,000 was raised for 394 regional nonprofits.  Thank you for your generosity and enthusiasm! To see the final Leaderboard, click here.
 
Upcoming Events 

New Parent Support
     May 15 | 6pm
     Sacramento, Yolo and Placer County
 
DSIA Picnic & DreamNight at Sacramento Zoo
     June 6 | 4:30 pm: DSIA picnic | 5:30 pm: Dreamnight
     William Land Park
 
DSIA Self Advocate Teen and Adult Dance Lessons
     June 14 | 6pm - 8pm
     Sierra 2 - 2791 24th Street, Sacramento 95818
 
New Parent Support
     June 19 | 6pm
     Sacramento, Yolo and Placer County
 
Play-date at the Park 
     June 21 | 1pm
     Henschel Park – 160 45th Street, Sacramento, 95819
  
CLICK HERE for more event information. 
Community News 
 
CDC Summer CampsOLD CAMP FAVORITES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK THIS YEAR ALONG WITH SOME EXCITING NEW CAMPS TO CHOOSE FROM. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST SUMMER EVER! MOVING, CREATING, COOKING, EXPLORING, LEARNING, TRYING — WITH CDC YOU HAVE OPTIONS. NOT AN EASY CHOICE, BUT WE PROMISE IT’LL BE FUN. GET STARTED NOW! CLICK HERE for more information. 
 
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Therapeutic riding contributes to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities.  Riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance, muscle strength, posture and fine and gross motor skills.  In addition, riders increase self-confidence, problem solving skills, and their ability to focus and stay on task.  Responsibility, safety, self-awareness, respect and empathy for others are learned through caring for and grooming horses.  All of this while having fun in the outdoors! CLICK HERE for more information. 
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Children with disabilities and their families often become somewhat socially isolated, picking and choosing the places they go, people they see, and things they do.  This may be because community outings tend to be unpredictable and some outings may be associated with unpleasant experiences... p.34:  Read more
Trainings & Resources 
 

NDSS provides free educational webinars to anyone who is interested in learning more about Down syndrome and related topics, such as health, education, research and family life.
 
DOWN SYNDROME PARENTING 101: MUST-HAVE ADVICE FOR MAKING YOUR LIFE EASIER
Thursday, May 22 at 1:00 PM ET 
Presenter: Natalie Hale, Author, "Down Syndrome Parenting 101"

Natalie Hale will guide us through a quick look at the cradle-to-independent-living book "Down Syndrome Parenting 101," which won the Best Special Needs Parenting Book of 2012 About.com Reader’s Choice Award. Along with highlighting some important "Parent Power Points" for you, Natalie will focus on your send-ahead questions as well as on-the-spot questions. If you can ask it, she'll try to answer it! CLICK HERE to learn more. 
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Understanding Special Education Due Process
Speaker: Bob Varma, Administrative Law Judge - Office of Administrative Hearings
Location: Area Board 3 Office, 2033 Howe Ave. #160, Sacramento, CA 95825
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
CLICK HERE to learn more. 

Creating Culturally Responsive Communities 
Today’s children are increasingly more diverse in their cultures, languages, abilities, interests and learning styles. We must create environments where student differences are supported and celebrated so that all students are provided with the best opportunity to learn. This edition of the ISN Newsletter focuses on what educators, school leaders and parents can do to promote culturally responsive environments--classrooms where students are connected, active members of the school community.

CLICK HERE to read more. 

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Down Syndrome Information Alliance
5098 Foothills Blvd Suite 3-464
Roseville, CA 95747

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