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Thank you to all who participated in #GivingTuesday by donating and sharing our posts. Together we are building a strong FOUNDATION that offers OPPORTUNITIES for our kids and communities to be SUCCESSFUL at every age and stage of life!
Winter Wonderland Holiday Party Recap!
Thank you to all of our families for joining us at this special celebration!
Stay tuned for our FULL video recap coming soon to our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Tour of Champions Bowl-a-Thon
and Silent Auction
INCENTIVE ALERT!
Check out our CURRENT INCENTIVE:
Date Night or Family Fun Day
YOU choose!
Enter for a chance to win a $100 voucher to Luke's Restaurant in Maitland
or 4 tickets to Gatorland.
How to enter:

  • Donors will receive one entry to the drawing for every $20 donated between 12/7 and 12/16.

  • Team Captains will receive one entry to the drawing for every $100 raised between 12/7 and 12/16.
Puberty, Boundaries, and Dating Workshops
The FOUNDATION is hosting 4 workshops!
Mark your calendars!
If you have a loved one with Down syndrome that is 10 or older, you don't want to miss one of our upcoming workshops addressing issues related to puberty, dating, and relationships.

Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE is a well-known certified sex educator and author, specializing in the design and implementation resources for people with unique abilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them. Her gentle, matter-of-fact approach combined with extensive knowledge and experience make her a popular speaker with self-advocates, parents, and professionals around the country. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!
T21 Social Network
Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 5:30 pm -8 pm
Location: Island H2O Water Park 3230 Inspiration Dr. Kissimmee, FL 34747
Lucky Littles
When:  Saturday, December 17
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, FL 34714
Club 321
Date: Monday, December 19
Time: 10:00 am- 12:30 pm
Location: Orlando REP Theater, 1001 East Princeton Street, Orlando
Mom's Night Out
When: Monday, December 19
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Downtown Orlando
Dad's Night Out
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
When: Monday, January 9th
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Location: Boardwalk Bowl, 10749 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando
iCan! Work - Apply TODAY!

Are you 18 years or older?
Looking for meaningful employment?
Check out our iCan! Work program! We are currently hiring!
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. It is such a FUN time for all who participate! Cheer on the home team while making a difference with The FOUNDATION!
Holiday Bike Giveaway!
It's the happiest time of the year! Do you have a member who could use a 20" bike? The FOUNDATION is providing 20" bikes to 24 of our families! That's right we have 24 - 20" bikes to give to our families! Please provide your information below and we will be in touch regarding pick-up in the Sand Lake area of Orlando
Questions? Please contact Robin at robin.longley@dsfflorida.org
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 next year 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, December 13 for our next virtual meeting! Help make our 2023 event the best year yet!
Oral Motor Placement Evaluations
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. Our techniques, applied in combination with the tools, make the difference in client’s lives.

To learn more about Oral Placement Therapy please visit: https://talktools.com/pages/parent-video-library

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.
The FOUNDATION's next travel clinic will be January 19 -21 2023.
If you are interested in having an evaluation or re-evaluation with Renee Roy-Hill or Whitney Pimental, please register HERE by November 10th. Once you've registered with The FOUNDATION a therapist will reach out in November to schedule your appointment.

If you have any questions please contact Camille.
Individual First

Every person with Down syndrome is an individual first. Just like a person without Down syndrome, there is a wide range of developmental needs. While considering information about the impact of Down syndrome on learning, support must be tailored to each of their individual needs.  
The chart below is a tool that demonstrates the developmental and learning profile in varying degrees. It summarizes the strengths and challenges for individuals with Down syndrome. Understanding how your child learns and grows is a stepping stone into their educational career.
Holiday Assistance
As we head into the holidays, we want all of our members to celebrate with a nice meal that they can enjoy with their loved ones.  

The FOUNDATION continues our tradition this season, providing food and gift items for our families who need assistance.

If your family would like to receive the ingredients for a holiday dinner or assistance with purchasing gifts, please click on the request button below, fill out the form and we will be in touch with you. 
Online Programming
For more information about our online programming:
follow our private Facebook page, Meetup, or email
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, December 13
  • Tuesday, December 20
  • Tuesday, December 6
Virtual Club 321

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 4 pm-5 pm
Club for middle and high-schoolers. 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, December 14 - Learning boundaries
  • Wednesday, December 21 - Improving communication skills with emojis
  • Wednesday, December 28 - Set your goals 2023 dance party!
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, December 8 - Improving communication skills with emojis
  • Thursday, December 15 - Learn to listen to you body
  • Thursday, December 22 - Set your goals for 2023 dance party!
  • Thursday, December 29 - Work out with Morganne
Don't miss an event!
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