May Newsletter
Dollywood
Dollywood Day

Thank you to those who attended DSAG Dollywood Day! We had 52 families registered to attend. It was great to see our DSAG families enjoy a fun-filled day at the park.
Please take a minute to answer the poll below.
Do you prefer DSAG Dollywood Day to take place in December or April?
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Kicks for Kids
Thank you to everyone who joined the UT Women's Soccer team for a fun day of soccer skills camp for our friends with Ds.
D.A.D.S. meeting tonight!
Monday, May 7, 2018
DADS will meet at
Chick-fil-A Fountain City
5100 N Broadway St
Knoxville, TN 37918
from 6-7:30 pm

Dads, grandads, or anyone who is a father figure in the life of an individual with Ds are invited to be part of the group. 
DADS
Littles and Lattes
May 9, 2018
DSAG is excited to offer a program for our preschool age group. Littles and Lattes is designed to be a playgroup type setting for children with Ds (ages birth to 6 years) and their parents. Feel free to bring your own latte or enjoy the provided coffee. Thank you to First Baptist Concord's Helping Hands Ministry for providing the space for us to meet.
No RSVP is necessary.

Littles and Lattes will NOT meet in June or July
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Your help is needed!
Buddy Walk Committee
If you are interested in helping plan Buddy Walk 2018 please send an email to angie.holbert@dsagtn.org to receive updates.

If you or someone you know would be interested in being a business sponsor for Buddy Walk please email angie.holbert@dsagtn.org for more information.

Buddy Walk will be Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Knox Extra Cool Moms
Mom's Night Out
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7PM
Chuy's
9235 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

Knox Extra Cool Moms Facebook page was created for Knoxville area moms of individuals with Ds to share information and social events. If you would like more information, look for them on Facebook.
The page is not managed by DSAG.
Upcoming Calendar of Events:
  Tentative Event Dates for 2018:

May 9-Littles and Lattes
May 14- Mom's Night Out
May 7- DADS meeting
June 1- Submissions for NDSS video due
June- No Littles and Lattes
June 30-Deadline for Ds License Plate
July- No Littles and Lattes
August- Hoops for Hope
November 4- Buddy Walk 2018
Times Square Video Presentation
Submissions due by June 1, 2018

Every year, NDSS reminds the world in a big way about the gifts that people with Down syndrome bring to their communities through a special video presentation on a jumbo screen in the heart of the Times Square.

The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month on the morning of the NDSS Buddy Walk® in New York City.NDSS receives over a thousand photo submissions for the Times Square Video contest. The featured photographs highlight children, teens and adults with Down syndrome working, playing and learning alongside friends and family. These collective images promote acceptance and inclusion, which is the foundation of NDSS and the National Buddy Walk® Program.

NDSS will accept submissions until June 1, 2018. Families will be emailed in mid-July if their photos are accepted.

Click here to submit a photo
Preschool Inclusion and Kindergarten Readiness Training by STEP
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
at East TN Children’s Hospital Rehab Center 

Participants in this training will explore:
  • The definition of preschool inclusion
  • Legal requirements for considering placement options, including the classroom or program children would attend if they did not have a disability
  • What children learn at different ages
  • Getting ready for kindergarten
  • What to look for in a quality classroom
  • Tools for planning for inclusion
  • Tools to share information about your child with the school team
  • Strategies for effective family participation in meetings
Everyone will leave with tools and strategies they can use to increase inclusive opportunities and improve outcomes for ALL learners.
 
Do you shop at Kroger?

Kroger Community Rewards is for you. Thank you to those of you who have linked your Kroger card to benefit DSAG. We received a donation of $182.29, for you simply signing up and using your Kroger card when you shop. 
The organization number for DSAG is 10330.

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What’s the NDSC Annual Convention all about?

Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the NDSC Annual Convention. For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. However, for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC “giant family reunion” feeling that permeates the convention weekend.

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Recreational Scholarship
DSAG has a scholarship fund in place to provide qualified members with Down syndrome assistance in paying for certain therapeutic activities. These activities may include, but are not limited to, dance, art, horseback riding, water therapy, music or other activities that may build skill, strength and/or self-confidence. Although our budget does not allow DSAG to provide full funding of any one activity, the goal is to provide some funding for as many families as possible.
 
Ds Awareness License Plate
Last year, our state legislature passed a bill to authorize a Down syndrome awareness license plate. We must pre-sell 1,000 BEFORE they will go into production. We didn't reach the goal in 2017, so we had new legislation passed this year and must reach our goal by June 30, 2018. License plates are $35 each.

Half of the proceeds from the sale of the plates will go to DSAMT and will be used for state-wide advocacy efforts - which benefits individuals with Ds across the state. Please help us spread the word to reach our goal of 1,000 - we have a long way to go!

Click here for more information