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Archive for August, 2010

Meet Nickolas…

Monday, August 30th, 2010

This is a great story about how one of our Orange County families learned to accommodate and include their son, Nickolas, in all of their outdoor activities.

Meet Nickolas

Update On Assisted Living Facility In Laguna Beach

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

In our post on August 11, we reported that the Glennwood Housing Foundation was working hard to collect the additional $1.5 million they needed to close on a deal in Laguna Beach that would provide 45-50 young adults with developmental disabilities a place they can call home.

This highly anticipated facility is now almost a done deal.  Read the update below: 

Update on Laguna Beach Living Facility

The DSAOC Blog – Recipient of the 2010 Top Down Syndrome Blog Award

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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Medical Assistant Schools has recognized the DSAOC Blog as one of the top 30 blogs relating to Down syndrome.  The “Top Down Syndrome Blog” award highlights the very best blogs about Down Syndrome on the internet as determined by the internet community.

Medical Assistant Schools ”Top Down Syndrome Blog” Announcement

Protest regarding the Emmys nomination of the song “Down Syndrome Girl”

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Members of the Self Advocate Council of the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) and the NDSC Youth & Adult Committee support team speak out against the decision of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to honor the song “Down Syndrome Girl” with an Emmy award nomination in the category “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics”.   

Read more

NDSS Joins Forces With Prudential

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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The Prudential Insurance Company of America, based in Newark, NJ, will provide members of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) support in the area of financial literacy as a result of an agreement the two organizations announced on Monday, August 16.

Read the Press Release

Glennwood Housing Foundation must raise $1.5 million by end of August to close deal on assisted living facility in Laguna Beach.

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The Glennwood Housing Foundation is working hard to collect the additional $1.5 million required to close on a deal in Laguna Beach that would provide 45-50 young adults with developmental disabilities a place they can call home.  

Read the OC Register article

Orange County Bike Camp – in the news!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Last week at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, forty people with disabilities between the ages of 8 and 24 years came together to accomplish a goal – to learn to ride a two-wheel bike.  lttw_logo

The Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) and United Cerebral Palsy-Orange County (UCP-OC) collaborate to bring this week-long camp to Orange County for the individuals our organizations focus on.  Twenty campers are from DSAOC and twenty are from UCP.

We were thrilled to have a reporter from the OC Register take interest in this program.  You can link to the story and photos below.

Registration for next year’s camp should open in April of 2011. 

OC Register story

Support DSAOC and the 2010 Orange County Buddy Walk

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

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Sunday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the field at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

DSAOC is thrilled to announce that the 2010 Orange County Buddy Walk website is now active!  

Register your team today and help DSAOC spread the word about this exciting event.  You can also support a team or an individual walker, or make a general donation.

Visit http://www.buddywalk.kintera.org/dsaoc today and help us celebrate the lives of our loved ones with Down syndrome.

2010 Orange County Buddy Walk Sponsorship Information

Whooping Cough – Information you need to know

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

As you may have heard on the news, there is an epidemic of the Whooping Cough, otherwise known as Pertussis, in California.  This year, the pertussis cases reported are the highest in 50 years, even though we are only in August.

Whooping Cough is a very contagious disease that can be passed easily from person to person. It is very dangerous for babies.  

Please take the time to read the latest information from the Orange County Health Agency: Whooping Cough