Down Syndrome Information Alliance
November 2015
Step Up for Down Syndrome
Walk & 3.21 mile Run
Thank you all who supported, walked, ran and came out to celebrate Down syndrome on Saturday, November 7th.
What a BRIGHT, SUNNY AND FUN DAY for the Step Up for Down Syndrome – DSIA’s 10th Annual Walk & 1st Ever 5K Run!
The Walk had it all – old friends, new friends, great exhibitors, wonderful entertainment, fantastic food, and…the Walk/Run raised almost $25,000 that will enable DSIA to continue to provide resources and support within the greater Sacramento area! Donations to the DSIA Step Up Walk can still be made until December 31, 2015!
Because of the generosity of family, friends, and co-workers, this is just an example of the types of programs that will benefit from your fundraising:
  • Parent-to-Parent Program
  • Educational speakers
  • Social events
  • Medical Outreach Program
  • iCan Bike Program
Congratulations to all the teams and individuals for their donations and participation. Special congratulations to the following teams:
Team Nina – Most Money Raised
Team Chloe & Livy – Most Team Spirit
Special thank you to DSIA volunteer, Emily for taking pictures of the day! We will share all the pictures on the DSIA site soon! 
BIG HUGE Thank you to CCPOA (California Correctional Peace Officers Association) for donating AND BBQing the lunch!
Team Dorian’s Dudes and Divas raised over $300 in their bake sale!
To our volunteers – you are the best! Thank you for coming out with a generous heart and big smiles!
Thank you to our MC, Heather Lee who did a great job getting everyone excited about the event!
And, special thanks to Girl Scout Troop 3822 for providing the super fun kids zone!
Thank you to the following for great entertainment:
  • Music to Grow On
  • Dusty’s Puppets
  • Cody
  • Brandon
  • NOW 100.5
A special thank you to the following vendors who participated at the event:
  • Jane Johnson Speech Services
  • Music To Grow On
  • Neurocognitive Development Lab
  • Reece’s Rainbow
  • Sac City Unified School District Community Advisory Committee
  • UCD MIND Institute
  • Project Ride
  • Cal Fit
  • Dusty’s Puppets
  • Sacramento Bee
  • Sacramento Voters Registration
  • Rod’s Racing
Please keep checking the Step Up Website for race times, pictures and further updates for our Step Up Walk and 5K 2016!
Want to share your amazing pictures from the walk, and perhaps see them featured on DSIA’s website and future walk materials? Send your high-resolution pictures to and keep an eye out for your pictures. 
CLICK HERE to take a survey and help up improve this event for next year and/or to sign up to be on the planning committee! Thank you! 
Santa's Workshop Event at Bass Pro Shop
During the Christmas Season Bass Pro Shop locations undergo a major transformation as they dedicate over 5000 square feet of their store to Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop is decorated in a nostalgic motif reminiscent of mid-century Christmas.
In addition to amazing lights and decorations we offer a variety of hands-on crafts and activities for children to participate in. It’s a magical experience and of course it wouldn’t be complete without Santa being on hand as well complete with the opportunity for a free photo.

Santa’s Workshop with Santa.
Monday November 16th, 4:00PM 
5472 Crossings Dr, Rocklin, CA 95677
CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
CLICK HERE to RSVP for this event. 
Holiday Breakfast with Santa 
December 5 | 10am
Collings Teen Center,  1541 Merkley Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Join us for our 5th Annual Breakfast with Santa – enjoy great food (with gluten free options), take pictures with Santa, meet and connect with other families and have fun!
This event is FREE for our families, but please RSVP with the registration link below so we can provide enough food and activities for all!
Teen and Adult Self Advocate Activites
Country Line Dancing
Saturday, November 21 | 6:15pm
Sierra 2, Studio 2 | 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818
$10.00/ non – DSIA members
$5.00/ DSIA members
*no online payments for this event

Holiday Breakfast with Santa
December 5 | 10am
Collings Teen Center,  1541 Merkley Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Join us for our 5th Annual Breakfast with Santa – enjoy great food (with gluten free options), take pictures with Santa, meet and connect with other families and have fun!
This event is FREE for our families, but please RSVP with the registration link below so we can provide enough food and activities for all!

S.N.O.W. Camp
January 9-10, 2016
Registration begins November 4, 2015
Camp Supporting New Opportunities through Winter Sports (SNOW) is a two-day one night residential camp for young adults and adults age 15 and older with Intellectual and or Developmental Disabilities.  S.N.O.W. Camp 2016 consists of two days of downhill snow skiing and snowboarding at Alpine Meadows with Disabled Sports USA.
S.N.O.W. Camp will provide all transportation to and from resort, lodge and activities.  Lodging will be provided at Truckee Tahoe Inn, Truckee CA.  All activities, food, lodging, transportation and equipment are covered under Camp fees.  Campers will only need a small amount of spending money at your own discretion.  Campers and Staff will arrive back in Sacramento by7:00pm at 5735 47th Ave. Sunday January 10, 2016. 
Cost: $ 325.00   Payment plans can be arranged upon approval.
Contact: Jenny Yarrow at  or 808-6017
SUPPORT DSIA - Other Ways to Help! 
DSIA relies on funds generated from the Step Up Walk and Celebration of Hope to support our programs.... but there are many other ways you can contribute! 
United Way Donations 
Individuals who work for an employer that runs a United Way campaign or that work for the state of California may designate to DSIA on their pledge forms.  Please write in Down Syndrome Information Alliance on the pledge form and include DSIA’s United Way code, which is #10557, on the form.

Savemart S.H.A.R.E.S Program
When you use Savemart’s free S.H.A.R.E.S. card as part of your daily shopping routine, up to 3% of the qualified purchases will be donated to DSIA! Card is good at Save Mart and their affiliated stores (Lucky Supermarkets, FoodMaxx and S-Mart Foods). Email for your card.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Down Syndrome Information Alliance whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support DSIA by starting your shopping at
Growth Charts for Children with Down Syndrome 
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released growth charts for children with Down Syndrome. Be sure to share with your pediatricians!
CLICK HERE to read more.
Parents of those with developmental disabilities are no more likely to divorce than other moms and dads, new research suggests, but different factors are at play. Read More
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on Denti-Cal, the program that provides dental care for Medi-Cal recipients. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.
The November hearing is the Commission’s second look at the Denti-Cal program. The Commission’s first hearing in September focused on the current issues faced by Denti-Cal providers and participants. At this upcoming hearing, the Commission will explore possible solutions and alternatives to the problems currently experienced in the Denti-Cal program. At the hearing, the Commission will review several possible solutions or alternatives for Denti-Cal, including: targeted reimbursement increases, a greater emphasis on reaching the underserved in their neighborhoods, the dynamic between funding prevention versus restorative care and ideas for emerging dental technologies. The Commission also will hear testimony about the needs of adults in the Denti-Cal program following the restoration of adult dental coverage in 2014.
At the hearing the Commission will first hear from a representative who coordinates Medicaid dental benefits for children in Washington state and a former chief dental administrator from Alameda County’s public health department. The second panel will include representatives from First 5 Amador and Sutter Amador Pediatrics, to discuss local success in increasing dental prevention and care for children. The next speaker will be the former director of the Texas Medicaid program. Another panel will feature the dental director at AltaMed Health Services and an associate director of the California Primary Care Association, who will provide information on Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). The final speaker will be a dental professor and community oral health director from the University of the Pacific’s dental school.
There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. The Commission also encourages written comments. Immediately following the hearing, the Commission will hold a business meeting in in Room 175 at 925 L Street in Sacramento.
All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s website, If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Commission Executive Director Carole D’Elia at (916) 445-2125 or by Thursday, September 17, 2015.
Clinical Research Studies at the UC Davis MIND Institute 
CLICK HERE for more information. 
Global Down Syndrome Foundation November 2015
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The DSIA office will be closed the Week of Thanksgiving and the following week. We will re-open December 7, 2015. If you need anything, please email and we will return your email when we re-open. Thank you! 

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