Boy at walk

Boy at walk

Thank you Step Up Sponsors!

Our sponsors help make the Walk happen!

– Sponsor highlight – 

We are excited to welcome back some long time sponsors!

– Gold Sponsors –

Maplewood Pediatric Dentistry

and

MDM Rubicon

maplewood pediatric dentistry logo

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– Bronze Sponsors – 

 Think Stucco

Associated Speech and Language

– Interested in sponsoring the Step Up Walk? –  

Please visit our sponsor page to find out more!

Please contact Marcy with questions about sponsorship:

Marcy@dsamn.org or (651) 603-0720

Thank you Step Up Sponsors!

Our sponsors help make the Walk happen!

– Sponsor highlight – 

We are excited to welcome back some long time sponsors!

– Gold Sponsors –

Roxbury Capital Management

and

Mar Vista Investment Partners 

– Silver Sponsors – 

Dentistry for Children and Adolescents

– Interested in sponsoring the Step Up Walk? –  

Please visit our sponsor page to find out more!

Please contact Marcy with questions about sponsorship:

Marcy@dsamn.org or (651) 603-0720

 

Win a Fat Bike and support the iCan Shine Bike Camp

Announcing the 2015 iCan Bike Raffle

Looking for an opportunity to venture into the peloton of fat biking? Take a chance through the Salsa BearGrease 2 Fat Bike raffle and support the iCan Bike Camp – Twin Cities concurrently. Slip into the flow and keep the draft going!

Salsa BearGrease 2 Fat Bike  Bomb Pop Blue—Medium Size (5’8” – 6’0”)

MSRP: $2,599.00

$50 per ticket – Only 100 Tickets to be Sold!

A chance to win a great bike while you to support DSAM’s iCan Shine Bike Camp that teaches people with disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bike!

State of Minnesota Gambling Control Board Permit No. X-05356

  • Drawing will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at Lake Kohlmier, Owatonna MN – 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, and sales taxes must be paid by the winner prior to taking possession of bike.

2015 Fat Bike Raffle Ticket order form

18th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk

Step Up for Down Syndrome save the date september 27th, 2015

 

Join us on September 27th, 2015 for the 18th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk.

For more information, visit our website at www.dsamn.org/stepup

Annual DSAM Picnic – June 7th

JOIN US AT THE ANNUAL DSAM PICNIC!

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.

IT’S FREE!   IT’S FUN!   WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

NEW LOCATION! WABUN 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: www.bit.ly/wabunpark 

Questions? Call the office at 651-603-0720 or email us at dsamn@dsamn.org.

To ensure we have enough of everything please

RSVP by May 30th: http://bit.ly/dsampicnic or call the office.

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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 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-07.pdf).

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 http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Certain-Medicaid-Waiver-Payments-May-Be-Excludable-From-Income)

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

FUNDED BY THE METROPOLITAN REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND

To take advantage of this program you may contact Drama.interaction@yahoo.com  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 catherine@dsamn.org or call (651) 603-0720

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