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Archive for February, 2010

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Reaching for the Cure is HOT! HOT! HOT!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010


The Down Syndrome Association of Orange County is joining with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation at the Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon at the Irvine Spectrum Center on Sunday, May 2 to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and the new CHOC Children’s Down Syndrome Program.


Did you know that on average one in every 95 children with Down syndrome will develop leukemia, compared with a rate of one in every 2,000 in the typical population?  While the vast majority of children with Down syndrome will never develop leukemia, the disease remains one of the major health care concerns for our community.


You can sponsor the DSAOC team or register for the half marathon, 10K run, 5K run/walk or 1K kids fun run.  Most of the registration fees go directly to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.  However, your sponsorship dollars, plus $5 from each registration will go toward the CHOC Children’s Down Syndrome Program.  



Visit https://www.pcrf-kids.com/reachingforthecure/  Click on “Register Here,” and then select “Join a Team.”  Our team is listed as “Down Syndrome Assoc. of OC.”


If you prefer to register or sponsor over the phone or by mail, please contact DSAOC (714) 540-5794.  Thank you!

Meeting a Need: Housing Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Advocates for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (AADD) is championing a simple but clear plan for the future: sustainable and inclusive residential communities in which people with developmental disabilities can live safe, productive and independent lives. Working with civic, business and government leaders, AADD is pursuing construction of housing to meet this growing need.

AADD’s hope is to provide a plan and vision for Orange County so that public housing agencies and service providers will join with them as they forge partnerships to work toward a common goal: to provide appropriate housing and services for this deserving population.

Want to get involved? E-mail Advocates for Adults with Developmental Disabilities at aadd.housing@yahoo.com.

More About Advocates for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
In 1995, a handful of parents in Irvine first met around a dining room table to discuss the eventuality of what would become of their children with developmental disabilities when they were no longer able to care for them. It was their desire to provide a plan that could serve more than just their own children, and that could be used as a model to serve other communities nationwide. The core group has grown with other interested parents and parties. To help push the agenda forward, AADD recently partnered with Community Housing Resources Inc. (CHRI), a non-profit agency, dedicated to providing housing opportunities to people with disabilities.