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MDSC Teen and Adult Newsletter
May 15, 2020

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

We are excited to start a Senior Spotlight feature this week to highlight MDSC members who are part of the Class of 2020!

We have some awesome virtual events coming up. Hope to see you there!

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

Until next week,
Colleen, Kristen and Laura
Weekly Motivation
A rolling, inclusive, socially distanced, Cinco de Mayo birthday!
Happy 16th birthday, Chase!
Photos by the very talented Christine Hochkeppel/ Salty Broad Studios
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
Tomorrow - Saturday, May 16
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.

Limited spots remaining! Email Colleen by 10am tomorrow to reserve your spot.

11am - ages 13-20
12pm - ages 21+
We're bringing the AIM Spring Fling back with our friends from the NCL - Blue Hills Chapter!

Virtual AIM Spring Fling
for youth ages 13-22

Saturday, May 30
3-4:30pm

Summer of Salsa
Participate in one or both events!
Saturday, June 13
Salsa Dance Lesson!

4pm class, ages 13-20 - Register

5pm class, ages 21+ - Register

Join us for a virtual dance class to learn some salsa moves with our friend Kelley St. Hilaire of Kadanse Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio!
Saturday, June 20
Summer Salsa Party!

3-4:30pm
event open to youth & adults with Down syndrome and friends, ages 13+

We're kicking off summer with an epic dance party! Music by DJ Dan, dance moves by YOU, and fun for ALL!
Staying Active & Well at Home
Jasmine Gillett has been working on her design book coloring pages to give to all her family and friends to cheer them up. This one is for her aunt who loves tea!
Devan DeSisto is staying well at home by taking really good care of her teeth. She uses hand floss packets (they come in fruit flavor), an electric toothbrush, tooth paste and Bubble gum flavored mouthwash that help with plaque. She is going to buy a water pick this week to keep her gums even healthier!
What ways are YOU staying active and healthy?
Share your ideas, and we will include them in our next newsletter!
Learn Something New
Free Food Safety Training
ServSafe is offering their Food Handler Class and Exam for FREE!

You must sign up for it by May 31, but then you have 1 year to start the course.

The online course covers 5 key areas:
  • Basic Food Safety
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Cross-Contamination & Allergens
  • Time and Temperature
  • Cleaning and Sanitation
Senior Spotlight!
Congratulations, Samantha Gibbs!
Looking forward to : COVID restrictions being over and returning to work. I am also looking forward to my birthday in June.

Goals for the future : include living on my own, having a job that I love and cooking more.

Favorite memories of high school : having my brothers at school with me, Charlotte's Web, Mamma Mia, concerts, Pingree basketball, Woburn volleyball, working as an para educator at my mum's school sometimes which is so much fun.
Congratulations, Abby Vargas!
Abby was looking forward to the prom and celebrating with friends. (Abby, we hope you dance with us on May 30th for the AIM Spring Fling and our Summer Salsa Party on June 20th!)

Her dream is to someday own a coffee shop. She loves coffee!
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.
In an effort to give back during this time, author, mom and our friend  Rosemary Alfredo  has made a newly republished electronic version of her book " The Best Life Possible (for Your Child with Special Needs) " available free of charge today, May 15!

Rosemary is mom to Collette DiVitto, who she raised with love and high expectations. Collette, who has Down syndrome, graduated college and now runs  Collettey's Cookies , a national brand, which hires others with disabilities. Collette speaks around the country about her experiences.

Often asked to write a book, Rosemary now shares her greatest secrets and absolute recommendations in raising a child with special needs for the best course of action to ensure the best possible life for your child. 16 Steps every parent needs to know and do!
Transition Considerations for Your Child's Future (rescheduled from May 3)
Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm
This workshop is geared towards parents of transition age youth (13-22) and offers a holistic perspective on benefit programs, ways to bridge funding gaps, and legal considerations.

How To Start Planning for an Individual with Special Needs
Wednesday, May 27 at 7pm
This workshop is open to parents of any age and will give you a foundational understanding of what you need to consider when putting together a long term plan for your loved one with special needs. Topics covered will include government benefits, special needs trusts and ABLE accounts. 

Both webinars are presented by Leo Rotman, parent of a child with special needs who brings a unique perspective including personal and professional experience to working with children and adults with special needs and their families.