Volume 21 Issue 8 | September 2019
The Latest Updates from TDSN
Join us for the 21st Annual Buddy Walk

Sunday, October 6, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Archer Lodge Community Center
Clayton, NC
Guest Star Rachel Osterback from A&E's Born This Way

The Triangle Buddy Walk is less than six weeks away, have you registered and set up your fundraising page?

Do you want to help in a different way?
Why not volunteer to work at the Triangle Buddy Walk?
Best Buddies comes to NC State
TDSN is partnering with Best Buddies at NC State. Best Buddies Friendship programs build one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Individuals with Down syndrome age 18 and older interested in joining Best Buddies at NC State are invited to an open house at the TDSN office on September 18th. To learn more about the program, the open house, or to register to attend, please complete the online registration form.
Fall Family Social
and Picnic

September 28th
1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
5290 Old Pactolus Road 
Greenville, NC

Free activities including:
  • Bounce Houses
  • Petting Zoo
  • Hayride

Pumpkins available for purchase
Hot Dogs will be provided
Please bring a side dish to share

You're Invited to Come Dance the Night Away

Teens & Adults with Disabilities
September 28, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Five Points Center
2000 Noble Road
Raleigh, NC

Teens and adults with disabilities registered with TDSN and have their birthday on file will receive a postcard invitation in the mail for FREE admission to the dance. If your teen or adult does not receive a postcard, please contact us at info@tdsn.org!

Back to School Resources
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Northern Wake Tech Campus
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
6600 Louisburg Road
Raleigh, NC 27616
Promoting Strengths and Adaptive Resources in Persons With Down Syndrome

Dennis will focus on creative ways to adapt to challenges that have not been emphasized previously. This includes the implementation of concrete forms of thought that will actually affect one's understanding of time, changes in schedule and routine, and the ability to generalize skills across settings. This may also influence the ability to understand communication (such as from teachers, employers, etc.) as well as one's sense of humor or response to humor. We will also reiterate key behavioral characteristics such as self-talk, 'grooves,' social sensitivity, and receptiveness to visual memory and cues – with an emphasis on how these characteristics interact and influence each other. We will discuss how to take advantage of this interaction to solve problems and promote adaptive functioning. For example, we will show how to “reset” a stuck groove (a compulsion) or manage a new situation with the strategic use of self-talk and visual checklists. 
Upcoming Events

September 12th: Moms' Night Out (Wake Forest) Gonza Tacos 7:30 p.m.

September 18th: Dads' Night Out Compass Rose Brewery 7:00 p.m.

September 19th: Moms' Night Out (Holly Springs) Olive Garden 7:00 p.m.

September 26th: Moms' Night Out (Chapel Hill) City Kitchen 7:00 p.m.

September 28th: Family Picnic at Briley's Pumpkin Patch (Greenville) 1:00 p.m.

September 28th: TDSN & Raleigh Parks & Rec Fall Dance 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

October 6th: Triangle Buddy Walk Archer Lodge 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

October 12th: Music Class with Love Joy Music (Greenville) 10:00 a.m.

November 16th: North Carolina Down Syndrome Conference 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

December 7th: TDSN & Gigi's Holiday Party Colonial Baptist Church (Cary)
TDSN Board of Directors Meetings

Capitol Financial Solutions | 8816 Six Forks Rd. | Suite 301 | Raleigh
Third Monday of the month | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
September 16th | October 21st | November 18th
Contact: info@tdsn.org
Together We Can Do So Much!
Why support the TDSN? Your generosity helps us embrace new families with welcome baby bags and provide expectant mothers with up-to-date resources. 
Among other things, your support helps to educate healthcare professionals on how to deliver special healthcare guidelines to people with Down syndrome. Whether a monetary donation, volunteering, or in-kind support, we thank you!