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Birthday Celebrations

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010


DSAOC celebrated the birth of 73 new babies born with Down syndrome in Orange County during 2009.  The boys came in ahead with 41, compared to 32 girls.  Congratulations to all the new parents!

A big thank you goes to the DSAOC Hospital Outreach Committee for their ongoing work with local hospitals and healthcare providers to help identify these births and coordinate early parent contacts.

DSAOC Awarded Grant

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

DSAOC has been notified that it will be awarded a $5,000 grant from the Pacific Life Foundation.  The funds are to be used to support DSAOC’s healthcare programs.  The grant will be formally presented during an awards ceremony at the PLF headquarters in Newport Beach on January 25th.index_03


January Series Topic Announced

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Dr. Anthony Chang

Dr. Anthony Chang

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH – Medical Director at the CHOC Heart Institute will be the guest speaker for our next session of the DSAOC Healthcare Series

Scheduled for 6:30 – 8:00 PM, on Wednesday, January 20th at the DSAOC Center, the topic will be Cardiac Disease in Children and Young Adults with Down Syndrome

We’re sure there will be alot of interest, so register early to make sure you have a seat.  To register call DSAOC at 714-540-5794, or click here.

Healthcare Series Off To Great Start

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Parents filled the room on November 18th for the inaugural session of DSAOC’s new Healthcare Series.  Dr. Ira Lott spoke to the group on the topic of Down Syndrome: A Link Between Development and Aging

Stay tuned for more updates on these informative sessions focused on a wide variety of healthcare issues related to Down syndrome.  The next one is scheduled for January 20th.

Edwards Lifesciences Grant to DSAOC

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


Michael Mussallem - Edwards Lifesciences CEO (center), with Tres Heald and Lanny Hardy

Michael Mussallem - Edwards Lifesciences CEO (center), with Tres Heald-DSAOC Bd. Mbr., and Lanny Hardy

 The Edwards Lifesciences Fund recognized DSAOC as the recipient of one of it’s 2009 community grants during an Awards Reception held on November 12th at their corporate offices. 

Headquartered in Irvine, the company annually provides philanthropic support to local nonprofit organizations in order to advance a variety of worthy projects in the communities where their employees live and work.  

The grant will be used to help fund DSAOC’s initiative to provide healthcare programming for parents and outreach activities to medical professionals.

Kid’s Health Magazine

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

DSAOC’s new alliance with CHOC Children’s is highlighted as a featured story in their upcoming fall issue of Kid’s Health

Announcing the new pediatric Down syndrome healthcare program, the article discusses how it’s designed to provide thorough evaluations, assess each child’s particular medical issues, and coordinate access to a team of medical specialists. 

Work on establishing this alliance began more than a year ago and it’s been a top priority for DSAOC.   We look forward to this becoming the model “one stop” program in the region, that offers comprehensive care through a weekly outpatient clinic; assists parents in navigating the healthcare system; and educates referring healthcare providers and families to the unique medical needs of children with Down syndrome. 

To read the article: Kid’s Health Fall-2009

New Healthcare Series Announced

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

DSAOC is initiating an ongoing series of parent healthcare seminars to be held at the DSAOC Center.  Designed to address a wide range of important health topics related to Down syndrome, the presenters will include physicians, therapists, and other healthcare providers.

The first seminar will be conducted on Wednesday, November 18th from 6:30-8:00 PMIra T. Lott, MD will be presenting on the topic of Down Syndrome: A Link Between Development and Aging.

Dr. Lott is the Division Chief of Pediatric Neurology and the Medical Director of Neurology at CHOC Children’s.  He is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. 

Be sure to sign up early for this presentation by calling the Center at 714-540-5794, or online by clicking here.

Add the Allergan Foundation…

Thursday, October 1st, 2009


 …to the growing list of organizations, foundations, and corporations supporting DSAOC programs.

This week, the Allergan Foundation awarded DSAOC with a grant to help in our healthcare education and pediatric clinic campaign.  Others will be announced soon.  Among those already committed to the clinic campaign: OC Children & Families Commission, Ingram Micro Corporation, Valero Energy, Team Up Foundation, and Clipped Wings Foundation.  And let’s not forget all the individual donations to support the clinic campaign – THANK YOU!

A Thank You to Dr. Mungo

Saturday, August 15th, 2009


We were honored to have Dr. Richard Mungo make a presentation about pediatric dental care at our recent meeting of the DSAOC 0-3 Support Group.  As you can see from the photo he had a packed house for the presentation.  The Support Group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM at the DSAOC Center.  For more information call the Center at 714-540-5794.