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iCan! Bike Camp 2022 Recap
iCan! Bike Camp was a HUGE SUCCESS! So many smiling faces - participants, volunteers, and parents!

Missed this year's camp? Not a problem! Follow us on social media and stay tuned for our next camp dates in summer of 2023!

Check out the video below and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!
iCan! Programs
When: Various dates
Location: University of Central Florida

Registration is OPEN NOW for our iCan! programs. Don't miss out on these opportunities to help your loved ones achieve their potential!
  • Do you have a child with Down syndrome ages 4-9 that is about to enter the school system?
  • Is your teenager 10-15 years old and interested in learning about yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques?
  • Curious about life after high school for your child(ren) 16+?

The FOUNDATION is happy to once again partner with The University of Central Florida to start the 2022-2023 iCan! Learn, iCan! Excel and College and Career Prep programs!

This year is all about EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS and HEALTHY LEARNING HABITS! Join us – there’s much to explore!

We welcome new and former participants to join our RESEARCH BASED program powered by UCF doctoral students. Each year this amazing program brings NEW and EXCITING focus areas!
Introducing our newest program:
The 221 Network
When: Saturday, September 10
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: World of Beer, 431 E. Central Blvd. Ste B, Downtown Orlando, 32801
Cost: The FOUNDATION will provide appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks.
Did you get the name? Siblings might....it's the coolest place for siblings 21 and older who have two copies of chromosome 21: 221!

Besides being some of the most AMAZING people around, The FOUNDATION receives several calls each year from adult siblings who need help with their brother or sister who has Down syndrome. We are fulfilling a request to provide this great group of supporters their own network of likeminded individuals.

We are thrilled to announce that The FOUNDATION will be kicking off a social network for adult siblings (21+). 

PARENTS! Please share this opportunity and invite with your adult children.
Register today! Questions? Email Robin at robin.longley@dsfflorida.org.
Tour of Champions Bowl-a-Thon
& Silent Auction Committee Meeting
Join the team that helps OVER A MILLION dreams come true!!
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, September 13 at 7 pm for our next meeting - dinner will be provided! We will meet at Summit Church, 735 Herndon Avenue in Orlando.

Tour of Champions Bowl-A-Thon & Silent Auction is our PREMIERE fundraising event of the year, and we need your help to make it a success! The money we raise from this incredible event keeps all of our scholarships AND programs running.
Join one of our subcommittees TODAY! One hour a month of your time will make a DIFFERENCE!

Subcommittees include:

  1. Corporate Sponsorships - help secure corporate sponsors
  2. Auction Committee - help secure items for the silent auction 
  3. Team Recruitment - help us recruit teams to fundraise and bowl (in-person or virtual)
  4. Corporate Cup Challenge - help us recruit businesses that would like to have a fundraising team and compete for the Corporate Cup
  5. FOUNDATION Family Fun Zone
Come join our DREAM TEAM and help us continue to make dreams come true! If you would like to be part of this absolutely essential team, please email Camille.Gardiner@dsfflorida.org.
iCan! Surf
When: Saturday, September 17
Time: 9:00am-11:00 am
Location: New Smyrna Beach

Surfs UP! Ready to hang ten? Join our beach bunch TODAY! iCan! Surf is designed to teach the fundamentals of surfing to people with Down syndrome. 

All ages and swimming levels are encouraged to attend! 
Lucky Littles
(Birth - 8 years old)
When: Sunday, September 18
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Location: Rogers Park & Splash Pad, 610 9th Street, Leesburg, 34748
Cost: $2 cash only, per person for the splash pad (under two is free!)

Come play and splash away the day with us! We’ll meet at Rogers Park & Splash Pad for a fun day with the little ones!
Family Skate Night
All ages! Skating is not required.
When: Monday, September 19
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Astro Skate
Address: 866 S Goldenrod Rd. Orlando, FL 32822

Let us help you SKATE INTO SUCCESS! 

This party is for members of ALL ages, skaters and non-skaters alike! Volunteers will be on hand to assist as needed. 
Come join us for an evening filled with entertainment, fun, and PIZZA!

The FOUNDATION has invited APD, Able United, and Vocational Rehabilitation to come help families register and learn more about each of these very important programs. 

Regardless of what stage you are in life or if you are able to skate or not - this is a night of family fun and information.
Club 321 (middle/high school)
& T21 Social Network (18+)
When: Saturday, September 24
Time: 8:00 am runners/walkers or 6:30 am for volunteers.
Location: Bill Frederick Park 3401 S Hiawassee Rd Orlando, FL US 32835

Join the Club 321 (middle/high school) and T21 Social Network (18+) crew as we give back to the community! We will volunteer (or run/walk) and then have a celebratory lunch at the end of the race! Let's show our loved ones that giving back is FUN!
Young Explorers
(1st - 6th grade)
When: Saturday, September 24
Time: 8:00 am for anyone who wants to run/walk followed by a celebratory lunch at 11am
Location: Bill Frederick Park 3401 S Hiawassee Rd Orlando, FL US 32835

Join us at our September Meet-Up with Miles to Go at their 5K on Saturday, September 24. Our members and their families are encouraged to join us as a walker or a runner or just come and cheer on members of The FOUNDATION who are running! We will all gather for a celebratory lunch after the run with Club 321 and T21 Social Network.
Do You Have A Minute?
Q & A about TNI and Nutrivene
When: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 7pm-8pm
Location: Zoom virtual meeting

We will follow up on our Parent Informational Meeting - Why TNI? Targeted Nutritional Intervention (TNI) is a protocol of supplements based solely on peer-reviewed, published research. This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn more about TNI and Nutrivene
iCan! Work - Apply TODAY!

Summary: 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!
Mom's Night Out
When: Monday, September 26
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Bigfoot Axe Throwers, 3262 Vineland Road, Suite. 107, Kissimmee, 34746
Cost: The FOUNDATION will cover $15 for your axe throwing, please pay $5 here

A mom taking a break is as rare as a Bigfoot sighting.... not tonight!

Join our group of amazing mommas for a fun night of AXE THROWING!
Camping Registration
When: November 11-13
Location: Jetty Park Campground - 9035 Campground Cir.
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Register today! Deadline is approaching. This weekend is one of the most anticipated events of the year!
Self Advocacy Camp
When: Various dates - please see below

Join us for an amazing program where your loved one can learn how to better communicate their strengths, abilities, interests, & needs at school, when interviewing with potential employers or applying to trade schools, colleges, or universities.
This camp is specifically for our members with Down syndrome to learn how to best advocate for themselves at school, at work, and throughout life.
TIME TO CELEBRATE!
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Are you ready for a GOOD TIME?

Let's put on our dancing shoes and celebrate
Down Syndrome Awareness Month and kick off our
2023 Tour of Champions Bowl-A-thon and Silent Auction!

Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Winter Park Community Center
Address: 721 W New England Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789
We want to highlight YOU!
Are you a proud parent, grandparent, Auntie, friend or a volunteer, therapist, teacher, or maybe just a fan of someone extraordinary with T21 designer genes?

If yes, THIS IS FOR YOU!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and we would love to share YOUR STORY!

Let’s join together and show how wonderful a world it is when you love someone with Down syndrome.

Please send us your stories, photos, videos, and thoughts about the one(s) you love so we can share their awesomeness with the world!
Online Programming
For more information about our online programming:
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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, September 6
  • Tuesday, September 13
  • Tuesday, September 20
  • Tuesday, September 27
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, September 7 - Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournaments
  • Wednesday, September 14 - Guess that Sound
  • Wednesday, September 21 - Jeopardy
  • Wednesday, September 28 - Memory
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, September 8 - Educational Bingo
  • Thursday, September 15 - Healthy Eating - Easy Snack Recipes
  • Thursday, September 22 - Virtual Escape Room
  • Thursday, September 29- Work Out with Morgan
Don't miss an event!
You can also visit our website www.DSFFlorida.org
Looking forward to seeing YOU!
Education Corner
It’s never too early to start learning how to Advocate for yourself!

Self Advocacy:

The ability to speak up for yourself and the things that are important to you.
As an advocate for yourself, you are able to ask for what you need and want and develop a plan to achieve your goals.
The 3 parts of Self Advocacy are:

  • Know yourself
  • Know your needs
  • Know how to get what you need.

Resources on how to talk to your son/daughter about Self Advocacy:

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