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January is all about a healthier YOU!
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!

Virtual Zumba with Elyse

When: Every Tuesday
Time: 4 pm
Elyse Mundelein will be teaching a virtual Zumba class! No experience needed, just get ready to dance and have fun!

Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, January 10

  • Tuesday, January 17

  • Tuesday, January 24

  • Tuesday, January 31
Club for middle and high-schoolers.

Virtual Club 321

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 4 pm-5 pm
This is a great opportunity to socialize, engage, and connect with each other. We'll have something new and different each week!

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, January 11 : Eat The Rainbow! Draw A Nutrition Rainbow And Learn How Food Impacts Your Body

  • Wednesday, January 18 : Why Is Sleep Important- Draw A Maze That Helps Us Learn To Avoid Bad Sleeping Habit

  • Wednesday, January 25 : Let’s Exercise Our Brains And Learn About Mental Health!
Young adults 18+

T21 Social Network (18+)

When: Every Thursday
Time: 4 pm-5 pm
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, January 5: Keep Your Body Healthy With Cardio Kickboxing For Beginners

  • Thursday, January 12: This Or That: Learn Alternatives To Your Favorite Foods

  • Thursday, January 19: Learn How Sleep Affects Your Brain And Create A Night-Time Routine

  • Thursday, January 26: Exercise With Morganne: Practicing One Of The Eight Ways To Keep Our Brain Healthy.
Don't miss an event!
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Looking forward to seeing YOU!
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It's GO time!
Sunday, February 19, 2023
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center 
10749 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32817

$500 entry donation required per TEAM (up to five bowlers)
This includes any funds raised by TEAM MEMBERS.
Let's get to work on raising $500,000 by 2/19/23!
HERE'S HOW:
If you are interested in joining
the 2023 Tour of Champions bowling committee,
please email Camille.
Check out our CURRENT INCENTIVE:
Add a spark of MAGIC to 2023!
Enter for a chance to WIN
two (2) lower bowl seat tickets
to ANY Orlando Magic game
in the 2022-2023 season.
How to enter:

  • Donors will receive one entry to the drawing for every $25 donated between 1/3 and 1/13.
  • Team Captains will receive one entry to the drawing for every $100 raised between 1/3 and 1/13.
Tour of Champions Golf Tournament -
HOLE IN ONE for iCan! Work
We had a TEE-rrific time!
A big thank you to Wright Bynum and Florida Paints for planning the 2022 Tour of Champions Golf Tournament!

We came together at Isleworth Country Club to raise money for our iCan! Work program at The FOUNDATION.

Did you know that since fall of 2021 our work program has helped 9 members find employment? Our iCan! Work program provides paid On-The-Job-Training and Success Coaches to help our members and the employer as needed.
Because of partners like Florida Paints, Levy Restaurants, Orlando Health, White Castle, and Quality One Wireless, we are able to successfully run our iCan! Work program and take our members to a NEW LEVEL of success!

Our vision at The FOUNDATION is to create an environment where individuals with Down syndrome are included in every facet of the community, not just for the benefit of the individual or as an act of charity, but because inclusiveness makes each classroom, business, sports team and community organization a better place for everyone!

Click here to view the video recap.
iCan! Work - Apply TODAY!
Do you want to set
your son/daughter up for success?

Check out our iCan! Work program! We are currently hiring!
Dad's Night Out
Needs to practice your bowling skills before our bowl-a-thon?

Join us for DAD’S NIGHT OUT at Boardwalk Bowl! Come out and connect with other dads in the area for some much-needed social time and fellowship.

*The FOUNDATION will cover your cost of bowling and shoe rental*

When: Monday, January 9th
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Location: Boardwalk Bowl, 10749 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando
Lucky Littles and Young Explorers
The Lucky Littles and Young Explorers crew are teaming up for a WILD time!

Date: Sunday, January 15
Time: 10 am
Location: Brevard Zoo, 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32940

*Your $5 registration fee will cover one admission to the Brevard Zoo. Under three is free!*
Parent Informational Meeting:
Cultivating a Plan in 2023
Cultivating a Plan in 2023

In anticipation of a new year with new obstacles and celebrations, this conversation will help parents of all age children feel confident as they embark on 2023. Focusing on best methods of creating a plan, staying organized, being on track and finding ways to enjoy the moments with less stress and less anxiety. This talk will give you excellent take-aways on making the next 365 days and beyond more manageable and meaningful. 
About the speaker:

Jeanetta Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Abilities Workshop, Inc. in Orlando, FL. The purpose of Abilities Workshop is to provide an educational platform and informational clearinghouse, mentoring, training, and support for parents, pastors, and teachers to empower families to successfully navigate their child’s journey for optimal success. Jeanetta was named the Top Autism Advocate in 2021 by Exceptional Needs Today. She is the mother of two children, one who lives with Autism. She is an author and developer, who has recently acquired Bright Feats, a directory that helps thousands of families find support and services.

Date: Thursday, January 19
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: Summit Church, 735 Herndon Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
**The FOUNDATION will provide dinner and childcare to all members that RSVP.**
Tour of Champions Bowl-a-Thon
& Silent Auction Committee Meeting
Love all of our upcoming events?
Be part of the FUN and help us keep them coming in 2023 by
joining our premier FUNdraiser!
The FOUNDATION has awarded more than $1.2 MILLION in scholarships to give our members the opportunities and resources they need to succeed in life. We need YOUR HELP to continue to run these EXTRAordinary opportunities.

Join us on Tuesday, January 17 for our next Tour of Champions Committee Meeting. You can participate in-person or virtually! Come out and be part of team that helps to make the magic happen all year long!
Welcome Baby! Welcome Family!
New Family Breakfast
Saturday, January 21
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Winter Park Community Center
721 W New England Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

We like to think that making friends at The FOUNDATION is like having a warm cup of tea.... it may seem odd to think total strangers will 'just get me' - until they do! We consider members our FOUNDATION family because everyone here will love you, your child and the rest of your family almost as much as you do! We want to see you all succeed. Our goal is to provide a strong foundation of information, resources, programs, and friends.

Come meet other new parents and some of our members. This is a very relaxed breakfast / tea to introduce you to our organization and see how we can support you and your family.

This program is open to all families with a member from birth to age two.
Mom's Night Out
You need a break... before you break! Join us for our next Mom's Night Out!

Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 7 pm
Location: Camille's House Downtown Orlando (address to be provided after registration)
Club 321 and T21 Social Network
Join us for a special outing for BOTH - T21 Social Network (members who are 18 and older) and Club 321 (middle and high school-aged members) we will be having fun giving back to The FOUNDATION at Langford Park with friends!

Date: Sunday, January 29
Time: 12 pm - 3 pm
Location: Langford Park, 1808 East Central Blvd., Orlando
Do You Have A Minute?


Legos, and tantrums, and hormones... OH MY!

Calling all BOY parents! Let's talk about all things BOYS!

Date: Tuesday, January 31
Time: 7 PM- 9 PM
Location: Virtual/Zoom meeting
Magic Games - Volunteers needed!
When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Location: Amway Center

The MAGIC is back! Join our amazing group of volunteers and STAFF and help make our iCan! Work program a magical success!

Our members will deliver meals on the Club level to VIP guests. In addition to being a FUN time for all who participate, this is a great opportunity to come out and volunteer with your son/daughter and give them the opportunity to check out one of our iCan! Work locations. Cheer on the home team while making a difference with The FOUNDATION!
Down Syndrome Innovations Conference
We are excited to be a sponsor for this year's Down Syndrome Innovations Conference. Come join us to hear dynamic practitioners, therapists, educators, and advocates share inspiration & present innovative solutions to improve the health, cognition, behavior, and development of individuals with Down syndrome. Experts will share:

  • math strategies
  • sleep techniques
  • cognitive coaching
  • nutritional therapies
  • integration of reflexes
  • neurodevelopmental tips

Plus you might have an opportunity to meet country music singer, Rory Feek, who is hosting the conference on his property, and/or Rachel Coleman!

The FOUNDATION wants to help you attend and is offering scholarships. To apply for a scholarship you need to complete our scholarship application by 1/11. Once you hear back from us you will then register. If you have questions please contact Camille.Gardiner@dsfflorida.org.

Click here to learn more about Rory Feek and his journey.

Click here to apply for a scholarship.
SAVE THE DATE!
We are celebrating
World Down Syndrome Day
in a MAGICAL way!
Stay tuned for more information!
Welcome Catherine Simmons!
As we prepare to kick our fundraising season into high gear, we want to take a moment to introduce you to Cathy Simmons who will be helping us with our fundraising efforts.

Cathy has been part of our FOUNDATION family for many years as a volunteer and as a fundraiser. She has her undergraduate degree from UCF in Elementary Education, and a graduate degree in Counseling. She has lived in Orlando her entire life and worked for many years in the public school system, as well as in the nonprofit and real estate sector. This wide range of experience, and the drive to improve the lives of others, inspire her daily to be the best she can be.

I am sure you will be seeing Cathy over the next few months as we prepare for our 2023 Tour of Champions, please help us to make her feel welcome!
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