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Archive for October, 2011

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Teams Score a Touchdown in Sportsmanship

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Patrick Myshrall scored more than a touchdown for his team on game night.

Watch the video about his story, and the wonderful team mates on both teams.


Student With Down Syndrome Scores Crucial Touchdown In His First Football Game

The Science of Respect: A Sibling’s Perspective by Amanda Modery

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Presented by the Sibling Support Project, Sibling Stories features compelling essays about the sibling relationship written by those who know it best.

Please note, after clicking on the link below, you need to scroll down a bit, and you will see the essay.  Enjoy!

The Science of Respect:  A Sibling’s Perspective

Email your Representative from the following states now! Urge him/her to attend an important briefing on Down syndrome research.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Email your Representative from the following states now!  Urge him/her to attend an important briefing on Down syndrome research.

Email your Representative from the list provided on the NDSS website (link below) and urge him/her to attend a briefing of the US Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus on Down Syndrome research which is being held tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th at 4:30 pm in room 121 of the US House of Representatives Cannon Office Building.

This briefing is being organized by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) who is a co-chair of the Down Syndrome Caucus and herself a parent of a child with Down syndrome.

Take Action TODAY!  Read more…

A Football Player with Down Syndrome Inspires his Community

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Wearing Jersey #30, Jake Martin is thrilled at a chance to play.

This is a great story, so we wanted to share.  There is also a cool video and some pictures.  Enjoy!

Check it out

DSAOC Presentation – Partners in Education Program

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

DSAOC’s Partners in Education Program (PIE) builds partnerships to shape meaningful education for students with Down syndrome.

DSAOC was thrilled to have so many parents and educators in attendance at our Partners in Education presentation today.  This special presentation, designed for parents, teachers, aides and others who serve students with Down syndrome, discussed key topics on educating students with special needs, and raising the bar on expectations.

Sandi Ames, DSAOC’s Education Consultant, described the benefits of PIE and educator collaboration, and she launched the new education section of DSAOC’s website.

Our featured speaker, Richard Peterson,  LL.M., Director of the Special Education Clinic and Assistant Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, and DSAOC Board Member, shared his insights into the world of special education.

If you are an educator or parent interested in more information about this program, please contact the DSAOC Center at (714) 540-5794.

How did DSAOC kick-off Down Syndrome Awareness month?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

DSAOC works hard on initiatives promoting Down syndrome awareness, throughout Orange County and beyond.  We ask our community to support our families and our loved ones with Down syndrome, and many of our families benefit from community programs and services.

To give back to our community, and to show people that individuals with Down syndrome care about the environment and nature, DSAOC coordinated a Beach Clean-Up activity for our teens and adults with Down syndrome.

On Saturday, October 1, some DSAOC families met up with the Surfrider Foundation at Newport Beach to learn about the importance of keeping our communities litter free, and how so much trash ends up on the beach after storms.  Besides being very educational, it felt good to be out in nature on such a beautiful day, doing something good.

You can check out more photos from this activity by visiting the photo album on DSAOC’s Facebook page.

A BIG THANKS to all families who participated, and to our wonderful volunteers, Laurie and Abraham.

Life with Penny…

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

A nice story that gives us one mom’s perspective on raising a child with Down syndrome.

Amy Julia Becker is an author and a mom who has written often for the NY Times’ Motherlode section. 

Has Down Syndrome Hurt Us?  A question she answers in her story recently published on Motherlode, shared with us by a family who wanted us to share with all of you.

Read story

A Teen with Down Syndrome Crowned Homecoming Queen

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

What a great story to share with you, especially during Down syndrome awareness month!

If you have stories that you would like to share that highlights people with Down syndrome, please send them to me at kperez@dsaoc.org.

Enjoy this touching and exciting story and video. 

Story and video