We are so excited to announce our 2014 Regional Conference! Pop on over to our Regional Conference page to check it out: www.dsamn.org/conferences/regional
Have you seen our PSA on KSTP? If not, here it is!
We are very excited to announce our 2014 bike camp, which will be held at Hamline University August 3rd – 8th (Sunday the 3rd is an obligatory orientation for parents/caregivers). The camp fills first come, first serve, so get your registrations in – camp fills up fast! Applications for bike camp are already coming in. Don’t miss out!
Please visit our iCan Shine page for more information: www.dsamn.org/icanshine
Visit our newsletter page, www.dsamn.org/newsletter, to read the latest issue of Special Times. If you would like to receive the newsletter as an email only, please email Kate@dsamn.org with your request.
Our annual member picnic and Harley Raffle will be held on June 8, 2014 at Columbia Park in Minneapolis. Raffle tickets are $300 and only 100 tickets will be sold. For more information about the bike and the raffle please visit www.dsamn.org/harley.
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Have you seen the video of Rion Holcombe getting his acceptance letter to college (ClemsonLIFE program at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.)? If you haven’t, here it is:
We hope that in the future that events like this will be common place and a person with a disability getting accepted to college won’t be news worthy. Until then, enjoy this awesome video!
You can look for programs like the one Mr. Holcombe will be attending in Minnesota by visiting thinkcollege.net, which is a s a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability.
Annual Holiday Party
Don’t miss out on our annual Holiday Party, this coming weekend, December 14th at Fraser School in Richfield. Our holiday open house runs from 9 to noon. Stop buy and visit with Santa, decorate some cookies, make a craft project and visit with friends! For more info click here: http://www.dsamn.org/events/annual-holiday-party/
Calendars – get them while they last!
The 2014 calendar is selling like hot cakes! Get yours today by visiting our calendar page: http://www.dsamn.org/support-us/merchandise/opening-hearts-changing-minds-calendar/
Planning is underway for THREE conferences that will be held in the spring: our biennial Regional Conference, the Annual Youth & Adult conference and the Annual Adult Matters Conference. While we are looking at locations and setting dates, we would love to hear from you! Let us know what topics you would like to see at any of the conference or if you have speaker suggestions! Please email us at email@example.com
Board of Directors election results
We would like to welcome new board members Don Schwartz and Brandon Yerxa to the Board of Directors. We are excited that Caryn Addante and Jerry Cooper will be joining us for another three years of service.
We are sad to see current Board President, Craig Parker, Vice President, Jessica Marsolek, and Board members Annah Smith and Ann Strom leave. Thank you for your service, it has been invaluable and we look forward to working with you in other capacities in the future!
ReelAbilities will be making its Twin Cities debut from November 1 – 5. ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.
The festival’s 15 films screen at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, located at 115 SE Main Street in Minneapolis, the tickets are $10 to individual screenings. Discounts for groups are also available. The St. Paul Jewish Community Center at 1375 St. Paul Avenue in St. Paul will be showing two films on Sunday, November 3rd, running from 1 to 3 pm. Tickets are available only at the door: $7.50 or $5 JCC Member Value Price. The ReelAbilities: Minneapolis-St. Paul Disability Film Festival kickoff at MacPhail Center for Music is free, but by invitation only. The MacPhail Center for Music is located at 501 S. 2nd Street in Minneapolis.
More information, including a full roster of titles, screening times, and links to purchase tickets online, is available on the festival website at www.minneapolis.reelabilities.org.
We hope that you will join us for the screening of Anita at St. Anthony Main Theatre at 6:30 on November 4th. The evening will be hosted by PRI and DSAM, with Executive Director, Kathleen Forney and member, Don Schwartz facilitating a discussion afterwards.
If you have not registered yet, please visit dsamn.donorpages.com/StepUpWalk2013 to sign up, make sure you give us an accurate count of walkers and the number of free bag lunches (and/or gluten free lunches) you would like. Need to register more walkers? Please use this link: weblink.donorperfect.com/SUDS.
For those requesting bag lunches, you will only be able to get your lunch with a ticket you will receive when you check in on September 29th!
Fun for the whole family
New this year:
We look forward to having a fantastic day on September 29th with all of you, so please visit dsamn.donorpages.com/StepUpWalk2013 to register today! Watch for your email for updates as they become available!
Join us for the Down Up North Picnic and a performance by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz!
Picnic: 5:00, Performance 7:00
at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1710 E Superior St., Duluth, MN 55812
Hosted by the Duluth Area Parent Group—Down Up North and the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, join us for some great food and fun! All you need to provide is yourself and your beverages.
Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party
The world’s only puppet, rock, yoga adventure
for families in search of calm
Tap into the power of puppets, rock and yoga with the Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party!
Join the Quest for Calm with catchy, original songs, simple yoga poses and a playful approach to mindfulness. Get the whole family moving, as you help Captain Fitz navigate the stormy seas of stress and tame the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates. After the show, stay and visit the Island of Calm for creative writing and drawing activities, yoga fun and a mingle with the Monkeys! Turn your family’s “Arrghs” into “Oms” with this award-winning musical performance. Recommended for ages 2 and up.
Please RSVP by August 20th either by visiting
Do you like to golf? Then this event is for you! The golf tournament and silent auction will be held at Deer Run Golf Course in Victoria on August 5, 2013. The tournament has sold out each year with 144 golfers participating and over 100 additional supporters attending the silent auction and dinner.
Participation levels are $150 for an individual golfer, $600 for a foursome and if golf isn’t your thing, you can still join us for dinner and the silent auction at $50. Click through to www.dsamn.org/golf to register.
Information about sponsorship can be found on our sponsorship page.
This year’s 3rd Annual Shifting Gears for Down Syndrome family bike run, hosted by Amanda and Andrew Gislason, will be held on August 3rd in Owatonna, MN. This year you will have a choice of a 62 mile ride, 21 mile ride or an 8.6 mile ride. Adults ride for $20, kids 3-12 $15 and kids 2 and under are free. Visit www.dsamn.org/events/shifting-gears-for-down-syndrome for more information and to register.
It’s Step Up for Down Syndrome time! We are so excited to be holding the 16th Annual Walk in St. Paul and the 12th Annual Walk in Duluth on September 29th! While walk brochures are in transit to you, go check out the walk pages. You can find out information about the Walk, how to register, check out this years sponsors and more. For the Duluth Walk visit www.dsamn.org/events/stepup/duluthwalk and the St. Paul Walk visit www.dsamn.org/events/stepup/stpaulwalk.
Information about sponsorship can be found on our sponsorship page.
We hope you see something that piques your interest. All funds raised for the Down Syndrome Association go towards our programs and services. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your help!