Annual DSAM Picnic – June 7th


It’s that time again! Come see who will win a brand new Harley Davidson Motorcycle! Plus enjoy a Famous Dave’s dinner on us. Bring your own beverages, lawn chairs, swim suits and whatever else you need for an afternoon in the park.



photo from Minneapolis Parks and Recreation

The new park is east of Minnehaha Falls. Easiest entrance is from 46th Ave. Parking is free. Along with the picnic shelter there is a brand new accessible playground and zero depth wading pool with fountains!

When: Sunday, June 7th  4-7pm    Drawing at 4pm; Dinner at 5pm (please RSVP!)

Where:  Wabun Park 4655 46th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55417  New Venue: 

Questions? Call the office at 651-603-0720 or email us at

To ensure we have enough of everything please

RSVP by May 30th: or call the office.


Harley Raffle tickets – only 3 remaining!

2015 Harley Raffle Bike - Road King FLHR

Announcing 2015 Harley Raffle

Black 2015 Road King FLHR

Sunday June 7, 2015 – Drawing @ 4:00 p.m.

Picnic from 4-8 p.m., Food @ 5:00 p.m.

*change of venue*
Wabun Park
4655 46th Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota

$300 per ticket – Only 100 Tickets to be Sold
State of Minnesota Gambling Control Board
Permit No. X-05356

Drawing will be held 6/7/2015 even if all available tickets are not sold. Winner need not be present to win

SS# required for winner

*All applicable federal and state personal income taxes, sales taxes and license must be paid by the winner prior to taking possession of bike.

Tickets can be purchased using a DEBIT card, check, money order or cash. Please download the 2015 harley order form to purchase your ticket today!


Cute baby girl

Cutie for website

Medicaid waiver payments not subject to federal income tax

Note from the editor: Talk to a professional tax adviser to make sure that you qualify for this exclusion.

The IRS released Notice 2014-7 in January of 2014 (see

The notice states that non-medical Medicaid waiver difficulty of care payments paid to a caregiver are not subject to federal income tax if the caregiver and care recipient live in the same home.

  • It does not matter whether the caregiver and care recipient are related for this to apply.
  • The payments made have to be paid under a Medicaid waiver program: CDCS, Personal Support, Respite, and some PCA may be included.
  • The notice does not impact Social Security and Medicare (FICA).
  • Minnesota Revenue may follow the IRS guidelines in regards to these payments if caregivers apply for the exclusion.

Please view the Notice yourself and consult a qualified tax professional with any questions.

The IRS has a Q&A available on this topic. Eligible employees who want to claim the exemption are informed in section A-4 that:

“Generally, an amount reported to you in box 1 of Form W-2 is reported on line 7, Wages, salaries, tips, etc., of Form 1040. If you choose to apply the notice to payments received in
2013, you should include the full amount of those payments on line 7. On line 21, enter the excludable portion of the payments as a negative amount that will reduce your adjusted gross income. If you file a paper return, enter “Notice 2014-7” on the dotted line next to line 21 of Form 1040. No additional entry is needed on the Form 1040 if you file electronically.” (see

This information may be useful to you for future tax filings and eligible caregivers can apply for a credit or refund for taxes previously paid in years for which the period of limitations hasn’t expired.

Individuals who think they qualify for a refund or credit for past tax years should apply using Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

We cannot advise individuals on their taxes but want to provide you with this information.

For information about how these changes may affect TEFRA, if applicable, please go to the DHS MA-TEFRA webpage or call 800-657-3739 or call the Disability Linkage Line at 866-333-2466.

Have a dramatic summer!

metro regional artsclean waterdrama interaction

 Free Adaptive Theater Program


To take advantage of this program you may contact  call 952-220-1676

Program provided by “Drama Interaction” 501©3 non profit

Title:  Free 6 week Adaptive Theater Exploration Program for ages 8-12  Dates:  May 2-June 13 (no class on Memorial weekend)

Times:  Ages 8-10 Saturday   2-2:45pm

Ages 10-12 Saturday   3-3:45pm

Place:  Capoeria Academy

6441 Lyndale Ave. So. Richfield, Mn.  55423

Info:  Students will participate in Acting, Improvisation, Creative Movement, Comedy, Team Building, Puppetry and more. The ARTS provide a powerful tool for developing self-expression, confidence, creativity, self-awareness, social skills and communications.  Presentation the last day of class for parents-teachers.  Program designed for students who are high functioning.  Please call with questions.  This program will fill quickly, once maximum of students is met class will be closed to new students.  Feel free to share information with others.

The Arts Council asks that there be a small fee of $20 paid per student to show intent and attendance in this program.  If anyone has a hardship with this fee please let us know, no one is turned away for the inability to pay.

drama interaction

St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development presents: Creative Arts Therapy

For children ages 7–12
and of all levels of drama experience.
Programming will combine the art of movement and theatre to enhance and develop
your child’s speech and language skills.

In partnership with Drama Kids and Drama Interaction

The arts prove to be a valuable and powerful tool for developing self-expression, self-awareness, social skills, instilling discipline and building confidence. Creative Arts Therapy aims to empower the imaginations and enrich the lives of its participants. We seek to expose your child to the endless benefits of theatre and dance, while facilitating and enhancing his or her learning of skills being addressed and targeted in outpatient therapy sessions.

Theater workshop: June 23- July 23, Drama camp: July 6- 17.

Download the program flyer here: Creative Arts therapy brochure -final

Exciting New Youth & Adult Programming

After 19 years, the Down Syndrome Association has decided that we need to change up the Youth & Adult conference a bit. The first big change will be that we are moving the conference date to September 2015. Spring time is just packed with too many fun sports, proms, graduations and weddings!

The second big change, that we are very excited about, is that the conference will now launch a monthly teen and adult workshop series. Each workshop will be one to two hours, depending on the topic. The fall series will be all about relationships – coworkers, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, marriage and an age specific workshop on understanding sexuality. The winter quarter will cover health topics such as exercise and nutrition. In the spring we will cover Independent Living topics like first aid and transportation.

We are also pairing the workshops for teens and adults with related topics for parents and caregivers

As always, we would love to hear any feedback or ideas you might have to share with us about this exciting new venture or would like to serve on the planning committee! Please email Catherine at or call (651) 603-0720

Help Us Pass the ABLE Bill Today!

DSAM Members and Friends:

We received this call to action this morning from the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). We hope that you will join us in contacting your state legislators and urge them to support the ABLE bill in Minnesota.

Thank you!



Minnesota Advocates:

As you know, President Obama signed the ABLE – Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law in December. The ABLE Act allows families to save for the future expenses for their children with disabilities in a tax free savings account and also allows individuals with disabilities to have more than $2,000 in assets without endangering their benefits and services like Medicaid and Social Security Income.

Now, each state must pass its own ABLE bill in order for ABLE accounts to become available to the residents of that state.  Join the National Down Syndrome Society  with other disability groups TODAY for a nationwide ABLE ADVOCACY DAY!

Please take a few minutes today to contact your legislators to urge them to support the Minnesota ABLE bill, and ask other advocates to do the same.  Talking points and email template provided through the link.

Minnesota ABLE Advocacy Day Templates (.docx) (.pdf)

Just as the disability community banded together to get the federal ABLE bill passed, we need all hands on deck in the states for the success of the state ABLE bills.

Thank you for all you do!

Ginny Sessions
Manager, Grassroots and Development Programs
National Down Syndrome Society

Boys sledding

Submit photo for the 2016 calendar

2015 calendar cover

We are now accepting photos for the 2016 calendar. Head on over to our calendar page to submit your photo today! We also have 2015 calendars remaining! Remember, we only have 12 months of the year, but we do often need photos for other publications, so if your submission isn’t used for the calendar, it may pop up in other places! (Provided you have given us permission, of course!)

Workshop: Positive Behavior Supports & Strategies – January 13th

Wendy Selnes

Positive Behavior Supports and Strategies
Parent Group Event
FREE Community Event
Presented by Wendy Selnes, Brih Design

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Sabes JCC
4330 Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN  55416

Have you ever been puzzled by the recurring behavior of a child or student?  Befuddled as to what a child is trying to communicate with his/her behavior? Tried everything that you can think of to positively support your child’s behavior and out of ideas? Then come with your questions to gain wisdom from Wendy Selnes.  The evening session will include a behavior strategy discussion covering the most important strategies to support behavior and behavior change in the classroom or at home. The second portion of the evening will focus on specific questions from the audience that Wendy will address possible reasons and potential solutions.

Wendy Selnes is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Child Psychology.  Wendy has over 20 years of experience in the field of human services. She is designated as a QMRP and fulfills the qualifications of a Mental Health Professional.  She is a Partner and Senior Behavior Analyst with Brih Design, a consulting firm which offers support and services to people who exhibit difficult to manage behaviors.

“People don’t have challenging behaviors, they have functional behaviors that challenge us.” – Brih Design

Reservations are required. Please use form below.  Childcare is available. Voluntary donations are appreciated. Questions? Contact Mary at or (651) 603-0720

Download event flyer by clicking here: Wendy Selnes Event January 2015 (.pdf)


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Give to the Max today!

Give to the Max is today!

We just wanted to post a quick reminder that tomorrow is the big day! Give to the Max! We hope that you will consider donating to DSAM tomorrow!

Metro Transit riders: You can ride home for free tomorrow! Read more here: 

Make Multiple Donations: We know that you want to make your entire donation just to DSAM tomorrow, but if you would like to support multiple organizations, you can. Read more here: 

Golden Tickets: GiveMN is offering the Golden Ticket incentive again. Every hour, a donation is chosen and that charity will receive an additional $2,000. Making a donation every hour increases your chance of winning a Golden Ticket for your charity of choice.

And a big thank you to everyone who has already made a donation to our GiveMN page!

Visit to make a donation today. Alternatively, you don’t even need to leave this page! Donate using the form below and you can share it on your social media pages!

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