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Archive for December, 2011

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Baseball fan or not, you’ll enjoy this touching family story…

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The Orange County Down syndrome community is buzzing with the news that Albert Pujols has signed a 10-year deal with the Angels.

We at DSAOC want to be among the first to welcome Albert and his family, wife Deidre and daughter Isabella, to Orange County.  Our admiration grew for Albert when 60 Minutes did this story earlier this year, highlighting not only Albert’s baseball career, but his incredible humanitarian spirit.

Albert’s step-daughter, Isabella, is the reason the talented athlete got involved with Down syndrome.  He met her mom, Deidre, when Isabella was an infant.  Just 18 at the time and newly emigrated to the U.S. from his native Dominican Republic, Albert is quoted as saying he never hesitated to love both Deidre and Isabella.

Since making the big leagues, Albert has been an involved and committed philanthropist, both at home in the Dominican Republic, and in St. Louis, where he, Deidre and Isabella have lived for the past 10 years.

Please join DSAOC in welcoming Isabella, Deidre and Albert to Orange County!


Woodbine House Holiday Sale!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Save 20% on over eighty-five books and DVDs on developmental disabilities from now through the end of December 2011 at


DSAOC’s “Breakfast with Santa”

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Don’t miss this annual holiday family favorite!

Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at CHOC Children’s Wade Education Center in Orange.

Enjoy festive decor, holiday music, food, friends and of course SANTA! Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.

This event is especially for families who have children with Down syndrome up to age 12.  All are welcome!

Recommended donation per adult: $5

Need a map?  Visit the DSAOC Website calendar