The Foundation is fortunate to be part of a wonderful community full of opportunities as well as connected to many sources of information and support for individuals with Down syndrome.
On-going Family Events
Information about various events in the Orlando/Central Florida area can be found on the Central Florida Down Syndrome Meetup site. If you are a family that has a loved one with Down syndrome and are not currently a member of Meetup.com you can join for FREE and get connected with over 100 families in the Central Florida area at:
Join us at Sopranos Restaurant as we celebrate the 9th Anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, March 21 from 6-8pm. The Foundation will be providing dinner for our members and we invite you to invite a friend! You can invite your neighbor, employer, child's friend from school, a teacher or therapist to come and celebrate with us. We will celebrate those in our community that support our members with individuals from around the world! Please RSVP to Hollie.Gomemberg@dsfflorida.org by Friday at noon. Sopranos has a gluten free menu for anyone with dietary restrictions.
Packing a Learning Lunchbox Spring 2014! Nutrition is critical to learning, growth and healthy development for EVERYONE. Did you know that the oxidation level for kids with Down syndrome is triplicated and because of this it is extremely important for them to eat a diet high in antioxidants? Do you know what some of the top food choices are to help with hypothyroidism and cognition? It doesn't matter if you are packing a lunch for school, the office or a Saturday picnic - what we feed our loved ones with Down syndrome has a dramatic impact on their ability to learn and perform to the best of their abilities. One of the most daunting tasks for most families is coming up with healthy meals and snacks - especially when trying to come up with a lunch to pack every day. This seminar will discuss why what you put in the body of loved ones with Down syndrome is so important and give you some healthy recipes, tips and tools on how to best equip your loved one for maximum performance throughout their day and lifetime.
ON-GOING! IEP Support Conference Calls with the IEP Advocate : Monday nights @ 9pm This is a new and reoccurring event that is hosted by the IEP Advocate, Pam Lindeman. If you have questions about your child's IEP, the IEP process or anything pertaining to the design and implementation of your child's educational plan, Pam has started hosting weekly question and answer conference calls. Even if you don't have anything specific to ask but would like to listen in, you are welcome to join the call. The call in number is 1-218-862-6400 (access code: 303-2901) Note: This is not a toll free number and you will be charged regular long distance charges unless you have free, unlimited minutes on your phone service. *If no one calls in by 9:10 the session ends.
Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida
PO Box 533462
Orlando, FL 32853-3462
The Foundation is a 501(c)3 your donation is tax deductible EIN number: 27-2436041