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Summer Reading Program
Does your son/daughter know how to read?
If not, this program is for you! 
The FOUNDATION is hosting two Summer Reading Programs - for caregivers and for educators!

Invite your son/daughter's teacher by downloading and sharing our flyer!
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Reading: The Key To Success At Every Age

When: Saturday, June 12
Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: Orlando Health - North Tower 52 W. Underwood Street, 1st Floor Orlando, FL 32806

Cost: $10 registration fee (includes morning refreshments & lunch).

Rather than presenting abstract theories, Natalie gives attendees real tools with the goal of enabling them to walk out of the workshop and immediately put those tools to work.

This reading program is designed for educators, school systems, parents, and homeschoolers who teach learners of all ages with Down syndrome, autism, or other delays. 

It has been successfully implemented across the United States and around the world (27 countries at last count).
Topics covered include: 

  • Current best practice
  • Optimal order of learning to read
  • Sight word learning
  • Fast Flash method
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Teaching nonverbal children
  • Teaching learners with the dual diagnosis of DS/ASD
  • Teaching older non-readers
  • Using errorless testing techniques
  • Comprehension tips, and hands-on
This workshop is for ALL ages- from babies to adults!
If you have a son/daughter that does not read you don't want to miss this opportunity!
10th Annual iCan! Bike Camp - Register TODAY! Spaces are limited!
  • When: June 27- July 2
  • Where: Orange County Convention Center
  • Cost: The camp cost is $50 for members/$150 for non-members per rider which includes 5 days of camp (75 minutes a day), a t-shirt, and a helmet.
Learning to ride a two-wheeled bicycle has many benefits such as:

  • Exercises cardiovascular muscles
  • Builds muscle mass
  • Relieves stress
  • Strengthens emotional wellness
  • Positive change in family dynamics
  • Independent transportation
  • And many more!

Register TODAY!

For financial assistance, please contact camille.gardiner@dsfflorida.org 
We need volunteers!
Join us as we continue to create an avenue to independence for the participants by helping riders gain assurance, self-confidence and giving them a gateway to become active members in their community.
*Volunteers must be at least 15 years old or accompanied by an adult. Due to the number of volunteers we receive, priority will be given to volunteers who can commit to helping for the entire week.
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When: June 27- July 2
Where: Orange County Convention Center
Sessions (for each day): 
  1. 8:30 am - 9:45 am
  2. 10:05 am - 11:20 am
  3. 11:40 am - 12:55 pm
  4. 2:00pm - 3:15pm
  5. 3:35pm - 4:50pm
Playdate
When: Saturday, June 5
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Downey Park, 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, 32835

Join The FOUNDATION for our kick-off to summer with this FUN June Play Date at the Splash Pad at Downey Park! Admission to the splash pad will be covered by The FOUNDATION. Join us June 5th for this fun outdoor play date!

THANK YOU to Suzanne Sherrill at The FOUNDATION for helping us organize and plan this fun family event! 
Parent Informational Meeting -
Potty Training For All Ages
When: Thursday, June 17
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Virtual Zoom meeting.

Buying every single book about potty training? Tired of googling different methods that just don't seem to help? Then this meeting is for YOU!

Join us on Thursday, June 17 from 7-9 pm to learn more about Potty Training for All Ages.

The Step by Step behavior team (Ali and Jordan Holt) will be presenting an in-depth look at various toilet trainings based on behavior analysis. They will review both the components of the toilet trainings and discuss common problems associated with toilet training in general. Specific questions by attendees will be addressed and materials provided.
Club 321
When: Saturday, June 5
Time: 9:45am-12:15pm
Location: Mayor Carl T. Langford Park, 1808 East Central Blvd. Orlando
Details: Cost of programming will be covered by The FOUNDATION!
Please bring a snack/picnic lunch and water with you!

If you're looking for a way to reduce stress join us for a morning of Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

What is Tai Chi?
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Our Club 321 is designed for middle school and high school students to allow them to gain independence, socialize and make new friends and memories. This club will host monthly drop-off events where participants will have the chance to experience fun outings in an independent but safe environment (fully staffed events). Outings will include trips to the movies, bowling alleys, and a variety of other fun places. So what are you waiting for? register now!
T21 Social Network (18+)
When: Saturday, June 5
Time: 11:15am-1:45pm
Location: Mayor Carl T. Langford Park , 1808 East Central Blvd.
Details: Cost of programming will be covered by The FOUNDATION!
Please bring a snack/picnic lunch and water with you!

Find your inner calm and balance with Tai Chi in beautiful Langford Park. All fitness levels welcome!

Tai Chi is a series of slow, continual movements from right to left, up and down, forwards and backwards, to bring you balance. Tai Chi has been proven to lower stress and anxiety, improve mental and physical balance, and improve overall health and vitality. 

Presented by Robert Sullivan.

This program is for members 18+ and will give them the opportunity to gain independence, make their own transactions and decisions, socialize, and make new friends and memories! This program will host monthly drop-off events where participants will have the chance to experience fun outings in an independent but safe environment (fully staffed). Social gatherings will include trips to restaurants, movies, bowling alleys and a variety of other fun places.
Mom's Day Out
Date: Sunday, June 6
Time: 3:00pm- 6:00pm
Location: Battle Island Adventure Club
Address: 614 Bottle Island Road, New Smyrna Beach, 32169
Cost: No cost to participate.

As moms, we are often so busy taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves! Join this group of hard-working women for a much-deserved day of fun!

Activities: Paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga, AND dinner!
Be sure to bring your water shoes, and a paddleboard or kayak (if you have your own - they also have paddleboards and kayaks at Battle Island Adventure Club for use).
College Scholarships
Congratulations Michael Lindsay, Foundation Post-Secondary Scholarship recipient and 2021 UCF Graduate.


TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Our post-secondary scholarship
for individuals with Down syndrome is NOW OPEN!


Complete the application by June 30th to be considered. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 15th.
Oral Motor Evaluations -
Open for registration!
Evaluations will be the week of August 4-August 8
What is Oral Placement Therapy?

Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) uses a hierarchical-based approach to improve speech clarity and feeding skills in individuals of all ages and across diagnoses. These innovative techniques focus on motor movement activities used to improve phonation, resonation, and speech clarity. Combined with a tactile-sensory approach, OPT provides a comprehensive solution to a variety of speech and feeding issues. OPT involves the use of therapy tools to train and transition muscle movements for speech production. These techniques, applied in combination with the tools, make the difference in client’s lives.

The FOUNDATION offers traveling clinics to provide oral placement evaluations and program development. This program is highly beneficial, however, the evaluation is a one-time visit that provides an outline for an ongoing program that must be implemented by a parent or speech therapist on a daily or weekly basis.

Click here to learn more about Oral Placement Therapy

Parents are required to view the second video on the page - "Parents' Guide to Talk Tools" to be eligible for an Oral Motor Therapy Scholarship.
Virtual Zumba with Elyse!
When: Every Tuesday
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Virtual meeting using Zoom - can be found below, on our private Facebook page, Meetup, or by emailing:

Elyse Mundelein will be teaching a virtual Zumba class! We will post the Zoom information of the event below or on our private Facebook page. No experience needed, just get ready to dance and have fun!
Upcoming dates:
  • Tuesday, June 1
  • Tuesday, June 8
  • Tuesday, June 15
  • Tuesday, June 22
  • Tuesday, June 29
Virtual Club 321
Join our Club 321 virtual meet-up for middle and high-schoolers!
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Virtual meeting using Zoom - can be found below, on our private Facebook page, Meetup, or by emailing,

This is a great opportunity for our middle and high school group to socialize, engage, and connect with each other. We'll have something new and different each week!
Upcoming dates:
  • Wednesday, June 2 - Summer hits - dance party!
  • Wednesday, June 9 - Workout with The FOUNDATION
  • Wednesday, June 16 - Trivia and scavenger hunt
  • Wednesday, June 23 - Yoga and relaxation
Virtual T21 Social Network (18+)
When: Every Thursday
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Virtual meeting using Zoom - can be found below, on our private Facebook page, Meetup, or by emailing,

This is a great opportunity for our adult group to socialize, engage, and connect with each other. We'll have something new and different each week!
Upcoming dates:
  • Thursday, June 3 - Theater 101
  • Thursday, June 10 - Bingo
  • Thursday, June 17 - Karaoke night
  • Thursday, June 24 - Drawing 101
F^3 : Fantastic Foundation Friends
When: Select Fridays
Time: 4:00pm-4:30pm and 4:30pm-5:00pm
Location: Virtual meeting using Zoom - can be found below, on our private Facebook page, Meetup, or by emailing,

POWER UP!
This program will provide opportunities for small groups to form relationships and friendships in a virtual environment. Sessions are capped at 5 participants to allow for deeper engagement and a more personal experience. We'll build conversational skills and independence with the goal of forming true friendships over time. Each session will be offered to different age groups. Ex: Girls aged 11-14 for one session and boys aged 15-18 for a different session, women 25-30, etc.


Schedule:

June 4
4:00 pm- Girls ages 11-14
4:30 pm - Boys ages 11-14

June 11
4:00 pm - Girls ages 15-18
4:30 pm - Boys ages 15-18

June 18
4:00 pm - Woman ages 19-25
4:30 pm - Men ages 19-25

June 25
4:00 pm - Woman & Men ages 25-30
4:30 pm - Woman & Men ages 31+
Technology Corner
All work and no play?
Check out these SUPER cool activities for kids!
(just in time or Summer!)

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