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Wine? Whine? Thinking outside the (housing) box!

As the parent of a son or daughter over the age of 21, I am sure you have often found yourself in the position where you discover that often other parents are some of your best sources of creative, out of the box thinking when it comes to problem solving.

We are inviting you to a parent-to-parent discussion on the topic of Creative Housing Solutions and all that entails for our sons or daughters living independent lives – staffing, meal planning, socialization, transportation – all those components that add up to a successful independent living experience. How do we make all of that work?  Or, maybe you’ve got the housing situation figured out and one of the pieces is challenging you and your family, right now.

Well, there won’t be a presentation, per se, no one is going to stand up that evening and tell us how to do it, but there are parents within our DSAM membership who will be willing to share how they have created housing situations for their sons or daughters.  And, hopefully, as we all brainstorm some ideas, we can come up with some interesting possibilities.

We can learn from each other as we move through what often feels like uncharted waters.

We hope you will join us for an evening of conversation, shared ideas, and light snacks. There is no registration fee for this meeting; however, donations are welcome to cover the cost of snacks – and you are on your own for beverages.

   When:             Tuesday, July 26, 2016
                                    Time:               6:30 p.m.
                                    Where:            Park Tavern
                                                            3401 Louisiana Avenue
                                                            St Louis Park, MN

The Park Tavern has a private meeting room which they are reserving for us.  Space is limited to 40 attendees, so please follow the link below to RSVP so we know that we have enough room!


Supper Club

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Give to the Max: $8000!

Holy buckets! Over 18 million dollars were donated yesterday to Minnesota non-profits! We are so grateful to those who included us in their giving yesterday – we know that we were competing against a lot of other amazing nonprofits! With support from our donors we raised over $7,000!
Also, WE WON A GOLDEN TICKET! With the addition of the Golden Ticket, the Down Syndrome Association raised over $8,000!
Thank you so much, we are so very grateful for the support to continue offering our programs and services to people with Down syndrome, their families and communities!
DSAM Staff and Board of Directors

Give to the Max: One week away!

Give to the Max day is just a week away!

GTMD15LogoVerticalColorSafeWith the help of our generous donors, the Down Syndrome Association raised over $7,500 during last year’s Give to the Max event. We think that we can top that this year!

Your donations support the programs and services of the Association — our Down Comforter packets for new and expectant parents, new and expectant parent gifts, the new parent breakfasts and our exciting and educational conferences. To read more about what programs and services the Down Syndrome Association offers, please head over to our website:


Here is how YOU can help support our programs and services:
  • Schedule you donation for Give to the Max today. Scheduled gifts will be transacted and changed on Give to the Max day – November 12th.
  • Make your own fundraising page on  — share it with your network and raise money to help support the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.
  • Spread the word! Part of why Give to the Max is so successful is because of social media. Tell the world you support the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota and encourage your social media network to join you.
  • Donate on November 12th and the Down Syndrome Association could qualify to win additional prizes throughout the day – up to $10,000. Wow!

Thank you in advance for your support. We anticipate November 12th being an exciting day!


Community Event: PARENT FORUM: Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare

PARENT FORUM: Supporting Your Child’s Transition from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare

October 21 & 28 2015
630 TO 8PM


1375 ST. PAUL AVENUE, ST. PAUL, MN 55116
In collaboration with Highland Friendship Club

  • Information geared for parents of children with special needs
    Community resources
    Tools for parents and youth
    Networking with other parentsHealthcare transitions for our children with or without special healthcare needs can be challenging. Catherine Erickson is a nurse/mom/advocate with special interest and expertise in care coordination and transition. This 2 part series is intended to provide information, resources and networking opportunities for parents and caregivers of youth and young adults in the approximate ages of 14 through 21, with a focus on those with special healthcare needs. There is no charge to attend this forum.
    Please register online at via “Calendar”.

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Opportunity for top Step Up Walk fundraisers – will your team photo end up on a billboard?

We have an awesome opportunity for the team(s) that raise over $7,000 by October 1st! The team(s) that raise over $7,000 will have their team photo on a billboard in the Twin Cities metro area for the month of October, which you may know, is also Down syndrome Awareness month.

Can you do it??? We think you can! Remember that all funds raised at the Step Up Walk go towards the Programs and Services of the Down Syndrome Association!

This is an example, the final billboard will be way cooler!


Register for the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk

Registration is now open! Visit to register today!

2016 calendars now available!

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2016Calendars are now available! Download a 2016 calendar order form to order calendars by mail or online byvisiting our secure site. Please note: The cost of shipping is included in the calendar prices. The exact shipping costs can be viewed on the 2016 calendar order form. If you wish to pick your calendars up from the office, please give us a call at (651) 603-0720.

2017 Calendars

You could pick the Step Up Walk shirt color!

Have we got a deal for you! Have you ever asked yourself “Why did they pick that color?” Well, now’s your chance to pick a color for the shirt that you like.

We aren’t going to call it a bribe, we’re calling them incentives, the team that has raised the most money by midnight the coming Friday, August 21st,  will get to pick the color of the walk shirt this year!

Do you want to be decked out in GOLD?


Maybe festooned in LIME?




Whichever team raises the most funds by MIDNIGHT on Friday gets to pick one of these colors!

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