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MDSC Teen and Adult Newsletter
April 24, 2020

Hello MDSC teens and adults (and families and friends)!

How are you holding up? Are you using technology (FaceTime, Zoom, texting...) to keep in touch with family and friends?

It's hard to believe this is our 6th weekly newsletter. Keep your photos and videos coming - we love sharing them!

Last weekend our SAAC group hosted a Spring Fling virtual dance party for adults, and we were thrilled to have 50 people attend! We hope to see YOU at an upcoming event soon.

Family members - at the bottom of the newsletter are some resources that might be of interest to you and your family.

*Virtual fist bump!*
Colleen, Kristen and Laura
Weekly Motivation!
Nothing is stopping GiGi
GiGi Murphy is not letting things get in the way of decorating eggs.
Great determination, GiGi (and, we like the bunny ears, too)!
Send us your videos and photos , and we'll share them in an upcoming newsletter! It is a great way to stay connected and motivated!
Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 3

Our monthly AIM Hangout is back on Zoom! We'll start with a sharing circle and then play a fun Disney trivia game! AIM members will receive the link to register.

Parents! Please see bottom of newsletter for information on parent session.
To learn more about getting involved in AIM, our program for teens and young adults ages 13-22 and parents, contact Colleen .
Saturday, May 9

Adults, ages 20 and up

Join us for a virtual dance class with our dear friend Kelley St. Hilaire of Kadanse Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio!
To learn more about SAAC and receive invitations to our quarterly socials for adults, ages 20 and up, contact Kristen .
Saturday, May 16 - Two sessions!

11am - for youth ages 13-20
12pm - for adults ages 20 and up

Space is limited! Please email Colleen to reserve a spot!

We are excited to offer a free online workshop with our friends from IMPACT:Ability! In this class you will learn skills to help manage your stress and strong emotions, how to communicate with others in a healthy way, and how to set and respect healthy boundaries. This class will use video, role play, and discussion to help teach these skills in the most interactive way possible through a virtual format.
Staying Active & Well at Home
Here's a favorite activity this week: c o l o r i n g !

Send us your artwork , and we'll put together a virtual gallery in next week's newsletter!
Coloring apps
Have a smart phone or tablet? There are tons of coloring apps to choose from! Pixel Color and Pixel Art are a couple of our favorites.
Color online or print
Disney has a bunch of fun options!
Crayola has everything from holidays to seasons to animals!
What ways are YOU staying active and healthy?
Share your ideas, and we will include them in our next newsletter!
Parent Corner
The MDSC team is continually updating resources for families during the coronavirus pandemic, including educational tools and resources that we hope might help as your family navigates these uncertain times. If you've come across something that has helped you or your daughter/son with Down syndrome, please send it our way so we can share with our MDSC community.
Planning a Life: Transition
Considerations for your child's future
presented by the MDSC and River Financial Group, LLC

Sunday, May 3

Our May AIM Parent Info session will welcome Leo Rotman, Certified Financial Planner of River Financial Group, LLC. Open to any parent of a child with Down syndrome, ages 13 to 22!

How do I make sure my child can have the life I want for them?
This workshop offers a holistic perspective on benefit programs, ways to bridge funding gaps, and legal considerations. Leo is a parent of a child with special needs and brings a unique perspective including personal and professional experience to working with special needs children and adults, and their families.

Other webinars that may be of interest:

  • Wednesday, April 29, 10am - Adult Family Care, Advocates Adult Family Care (AFC) provides a tax-free stipend, nurse and case manager visits, and other resources your family needs to thrive. The webinar will review AFC program benefits, caregiver and member eligibility requirements, and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

This COVID-19 Disability Form can be used as a tool to help physicians provide your loved one with proper medical treatment, in case they need to go to the hospital for COVID-19 related symptoms.