February Newsletter
Help DSAG celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with our annual Race 3.21!

The race is set for Sunday, March 10, 2019 at West High School. Click the button for more information and how to register.

If you or someone you know would like to help with planning or would like information about sponsoring the race please contact me at angie.holbert@dsagtn.org or 865-202-8867.
Dollywood registration is open!
DSAG Dollywod Day will be Sunday, March 31, 2019! Lunch will be from 1pm-3pm. Click the button below for more information.

Registration due by March 15, 2019.
Educator of the month

DSAG is excited to recognize outstanding educators in our area who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, dedication to all students, and involvement in the community. Each month an educator will be selected and recognized in the following month's DSAG newsletter and Facebook page. Each month's winner will be entered in a contest for a prize in December 2019.

Please make your nominations by  February 25, 2019  for March.

D.A.D.S. will meet tonight
February 4, 2019
DADS will meet at-
McAlister's Ftn City
2885 Tazewell Pike
Knoxville, TN 37918
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. 
Littles and Lattes
Wednesday, February 13
10-11:30 am
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. No RSVP is necessary. Thank you to First Baptist Concord's Helping Hands Ministry for providing the space for us to meet.
Knox Extra Cool Moms
Mom's Night Out
Thursday, February 21
7 PM
Jason's Deli
133 N Peters Rd
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

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.
Valentine Dance
The youth (ages 14-18) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are hosting a Valentine's dance, and would love for friends from DSAG to be special guest!

When-Saturday, February 23 6-8 pm
Where- 6024 Grove Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37918 (Near Ftn City Duck Pond)

There will be games, refreshments and of course, LOTS of dancing!

Dress is casual.
Upcoming Calendar of Events:
Tentative Event Dates for 2019:

February 13- Littles and Lattes
February 21- KECM Night Out
February 23- Dance at JCLDS
March 4-DADS meeting
March 10- 3.21 Race
March 15- last day to register for Dollywood
March 21- World Down Syndrome Day at McAlister's
March 31- DSAG Dollywood Day
April 14- UT Soccer/Softball event
November 3- Buddy Walk 2019
Your help is needed by Friday!
Help high school students learn about individuals with special needs

What?  Respond to a short email interview written by high school Biology students who are studying genetics
Why?  To help students go  beyond textbook definitions  to learn about  individuals  with Down syndrome
How?  Contact  Sister Mary Joseph  at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga. ( srmaryjoseph@myndhs365.com)
When?  Please email sister by Friday, February 8th, 2019

Thank you in advance!
Applications due by March 1, 2019
 FUTURE is a comprehensive program that helps young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities make a successful transition from high school to adult life. During the program, we provide students with specially designed FUTURE classes, the opportunity to audit undergraduate courses, and an internship on or off campus. Also available is career and clinical counseling to help develop academic, vocational, social, and decision-making skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a vocational certificat e.

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DSAG Recreational Scholarships
DSAG has a scholarship fund 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. Alilthough 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.

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Parent Survey opportunity

My name is Olivia Caudle and I am a current Senior at Maryville College with a major in Neuroscience. At Maryville College, all Seniors are required to write a thesis. A senior thesis is a large, independent research project that students take on during their senior year of college. It provides a unique opportunity for students to pursue original research. As a part of my undergraduate Senior Study research, I am asking parents of children with Down Syndrome to complete a brief anonymous online survey regarding ADHD symptomology in children and adolescents with Down Syndrome. Anecdotally and in the research literature, there is commentary about behaviors among children with DS that overlap with behaviors associated with ADHD. However, there is hardly any research looking at that specific issue. My purpose is to study this question a little more directly with parents by using questions that are more targeted to ADHD. 

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