N N EW EW S S an an d d N N OTES OTES a publication of Down Syndrome Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, Inc. Aim High Resource Center, Inc. Providing parent-to-parent and professional services and support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families and educating the broader community about Down syndrome. VOLUME 28, NUMBER 1 VOLUME 28, NUMBER 1 MARCH/APRIL 2010 MARCH/APRIL 2010 Announcing the 2010 Annual Beyond our Wildest Dreams Conference! Announcing the 2010 Annual Beyond our Wildest Dreams Conference! Registration is now open for the Registration is now open for the DSAHRC conference DSAHRC conference and this year and this year you can register you can register on-line on-line at at www.dsahrc.org www.dsahrc.org !!! !!! The theme of this year’s conference is Teamwork and the Conference Committee “Team” has put together yet another great event! Here are just a few highlights… Here are just a few highlights… Educational workshops on literacy, transition, inclusive education, executive functioning and much, much more! It’s all taking place Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, at the Holiday Inn Albany and it’s not too late to register! For more information about the Conference or the Family Dance, please contact the DSAHRC at (518) 438-1113 or [email protected]And don’t forget the And don’t forget the Family Dance Family Dance featuring the live music of featuring the live music of Potential Unlimited, Inc. Potential Unlimited, Inc. taking place the night before taking place the night before the Conference! the Conference! Because siblings play an important role in the lives of people with Down syndrome... ...we have two national speakers who will conduct a day long program for brothers and sisters of individuals with Down syndrome. Dr.Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, who is himself a sibling, and Susan Levine, MA, CSW, are co-authors of the book, Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course On Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. They will conduct a fabulous program for siblings. They’ll also present the Plenary Session to let parents know what goes on in the hearts and minds of these great kids! Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz, co-authors of the book “Count Us In”, as our keynote speakers. They will share their stories of growing up with Down syndrome and working together to publish a written documentary of their friendship as well as their individual accomplishments.
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...we have two national speakers who will conduct a day long
program for brothers and sisters of individuals with
Down syndrome. Dr.Brian Skotko, MD, MPP, who is himself a sibling,
and Susan Levine, MA, CSW, are co-authors of the book, Fasten Your
Seatbelt: A Crash Course On Down Syndrome for Brothers and
Sisters. They will conduct a fabulous program for siblings. They’ll also
present the Plenary Session to let parents know what goes on in the
hearts and minds of these great kids!
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I’ve been spending more time than usual at the DSAHRC recentlyand I’ve got to tell you – it’s a busy place! On a given day, Diane Langand I were figuring out how to print newsletters on the spiffy new officecopying machine, while an educational seminar was taking place in themain meeting space, phones were ringing, and people were picking upor dropping off raffle tickets and/or raffle money – it was a bustlinghotbed of activity! Some days you’ll find a playgroup at the DSAHRC, orMarietta Velvis and self-advocates Pat Morgan, Brie Nobis or DougRogers, preparing presentations to be given at schools. It’s great to seethis space being used in so many ways, bringing folks together to helpeach other, problem-solve, and support the works of our organization.
As I was putting together this issue of News and Notes I was againstruck by how busy the DSAHRC is, and not just at 1 Marcus Boulevard.Our staff and volunteers, family and friends, have been all over theCapital District this past year, as the Annual Review on pages 6-9 will tellyou. You’ll also see that 2010 promises to be just as busy, reaching outto our membership in new, exciting ways as our staff grows (see page 4)and programs are created or expanded. Our Self-Advocates are moreactive than ever (page 5). On April 26th we will elect a new Board,including five new officers and directors. New blood, fresh ideas, greatenergy, while parent-to-parent support and knowledgeable staff continueto provide the help and encouragement we’ve come to expect and need.
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is published six times a year byDown Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, Inc.
1 Marcus Blvd., Suite 105, Albany, NY 12205Phone: (518) 438-1113 Website: www.dsahrc.org
For up-to-date information on items of interest check out the Calendar of Eventson the DSAHRC website at www.dsahrc.org
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Let the DSAHRC know and we’ll be glad to promote your ideas!Triple Play – For parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers with Down syndrome. Meets the last Friday of themonth in various locations. Contact person: Kirin Buckley at [email protected].
Tri’d and True Friends – Meets on Saturdays/Sundays in Saratoga/Wilton area. No age limit to participants –everyone’s welcome! Contact person: Joni Rhodes at (518) 695-4627 or at [email protected].
Loving Up the Downs (LUDS) – Parent-driven support network in the Oneonta area, currently serving Otsego,Chenango, and Delaware counties. Contact person: Lisa Depperman at (607) 433-6260.
May 1st is the deadline for the next issue of News and Notes. Please contact Carol Rowell at the DSAHRC at (518) 438-1113 or at [email protected] for information on submitting items. Thanks!
Unless otherwise stated, all activities take place at the DSAHRC office, 1 Marcus Blvd., Suite 105, (just off Wolf Roadnear the Holiday Inn). Look for listings of play groups and support meetings in box below!!
Capital District Bike Camp – July 5-9 at theAchilles Ice Arena at Union College in Schenectady
DSAHRC Night with the ValleyCats – Tuesday, August 3rd
at the Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy
DSAHRC Family Picnic – Saturday, August 21st
at Colonie Town Park
14th Annual DSAHRC Buddy Walk – Sunday, October 3rd
at Central Park in Schenectady
DSAHRC Gala – Friday, October 22nd
at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs
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The DSAHRC is very pleased to announce the expansion of the Staff with the brand-new additions of anEducation Coordinator and an Events Coordinator.
Namita Modasra has joined the Staff as the DSAHRC Education Coordinator. Hiring an Education Coordinatorhas been a dream for the DSAHRC ever since its inception and will be a critical addition to help our children have an
appropriate, successful, and meaningful education experience. Namita has beenactively involved with Aim High and the DSAHRC for many years. Her initial involvement was with social activities, but over the years her focus was increasinglyon education. Namita has counseled numerous families, organized many educationseminars, and co-organized the Reading Tutorial program. She has developed anin-depth knowledge of the spectrum of education issues and has developed a wideregional network of connections and partnerships. Namita’s career objectives, in herown words, are: “to support and strengthen other parents’ abilities to understand andnavigate our complex education system and effectively advocate for their children
and obtain appropriate education and community supports.” Namita will be at the office Monday through Thursday from9:30 am to 1:30pm and will have some limited evening hours. Namita can be reached at the office at 438-1113 or by e-mail at nmod[email protected]. Welcome, Namita, in your new and exciting role!
Julie Koenig has joined the DSAHRC as the Events Coordinator. Julie may be new to the DSAHRC, but she certainly is not new to organizing major fundraisers. She has an impressive resume and the DSAHRC is very fortunate towelcome her to our organization. Julie will be working closely with the Events Committee organizing the Buddy Walk andwith the Fundraising Committee organizing the first Annual DSAHRC Gala. You can contact Julie at the office at 438-1113or by e-mail at [email protected]. We are very happy to welcome Julie to our DSAHRC family!
This is truly an exciting time for the DSAHRC. We are very fortunate to have generous community support toallow for these staff additions. It places us in a position to more fully support people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals involved in their care. The excitement is also generated by the upcoming annual Beyond
Our Wildest Dreams conference on Saturday, April 24th. The program for this year’s Conference is simply amazingwith superb keynote speakers, exciting break-out sessions, and amazing programs for both the self-advocates and the siblings. There is just NO WAY in the world anyone could possibly miss this Conference (or for that matter, the Family
Dance on Friday, April 23rd). Did I mention before that you can still buy raffle tickets and/or volunteer to sell raffle tickets? First prize is $15,000! Join in the excitement!
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Spring is here and it’s not too early to investigate summer vacation options. Vacations are for rest and relaxationOR learning and experiencing new things. A new active living option for summer vacations has opened in Quinte West nearBelleville, Ontario, about two hours east of Toronto. It’s a working farm that has professional staff and welcomes guests(adults from 18-50 years) with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, high functioning autism and aspergers. It’s a new concept! “RESPITALITY” – country hospitality for respite guests. We are a private respite destination. We are ahistoric bicentennial property that used to be an apiary but now we raise meat goats, meat chicken, egg laying hens, andcattle. Overseeing all this is Farmer George and Sami, our guard donkey. The programming isdesigned for multiple choices and fun. Water activities, off-site trips, games, barn chores and animal care, gardening, and camping are all aspects of our new learning series.
Heartfit Respite accepts only eight guests a week. For more information visit their websiteat www.heartfitrespite.com. Contact Cristina Milner, Director, Heartfit Respite Inc., at 613-968-2428 or [email protected]
“You are offering an incredible opportunity here to families touched bydevelopmental disability. I can’t think of a more ideal setting for ourloved one. Once you get an established clientele and they go back yearafter year, you will be set. Your farm will be a model for many others, I hope, in the future.” - Donna Hiscott, mother of a Heartfit Respite guest
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Self-Advocates beat the winter blahs on February 7, 2010, at Five RiversEnvironmental Center with a marvelous winter Snowshoe hike and tour. Although there wasn’t too much snow outside at the time, it didn’t seem to make any difference – a greattime was had by all! Along with our tour guide, we practiced walking and falling in
snowshoes, as well as reading the signs of life in the snow and woodsaround us. Our walk was followed by a lovely reception with hot chocolate,snacks and dinner by the woodstove at the Velvis home. Thank you sovery much for your gracious hospitality, Marietta, Harm and Mariah!!
Twelve self-advocates have been able to participate in a series of classes at the College of St. Rose (CSR) under the direction of Dr. TerriWard and her students. On four Friday evenings in February and March,from 6:30-8:30 pm, classes were offered on the topics of dorm and apartment living, budgeting, menu planning and personal safety. Collegestudents Brianna, Maria, Erin and Lisa did a marvelous job! What a fantastic
opportunity for our self-advocates!! More classes will follow this April on Computer Technology and Social Networking.These sets of classes will be repeated in the Fall of this year. Look for information to follow!
Other news: Look for a bowling party on April 17th at Spare Time Bowling in Latham (see below), and classes onpersonal fitness/exercise coming up this spring!! Hey! Are you at least 16 years of age? Come join our Self-AdvocatesGroup!! Contact Rose at [email protected] or at 453-8813 to learn more.
Best to you all, Rose Hargrave, Brie Nobis and Patrick Morgan, Self-Advocates Co-Chairs
The 2nd Annual Summer Camp at the College of St. Rose was held during themonths of June and July. Many of the participants were from the Aim High community.The program was overseen by Dr. Terri Ward and was designed to give individuals ahead start on engaging with books that enhance their learning. Participants were taughtby certified teachers seeking their masters degrees in special education. The theme ofthe 2009 camp was studying how to make ethical choices. The students were brokeninto three age groups, each studying one of three books: To Kill A Mockingbird, TouchingSpirit Bear, and My Brother Sam is Dead. Using a variety of reading techniques, including The 4-Blocks, reader’s theatre, use of PowerPoint accessible books, and mental imaging, students were able to investigate history and keep a journal of their thoughts regarding the book. The six-session program culminated in a live performance where the students acted out a scene from their books. We lookforward to more exciting Summer Camps at the College of St. Rose!
DDSSAAHHRRCC FFDDSSAAHHRRCC FFAAMMIILLYYAAMMIILLYY PPPPIICCNNIICCIICCNNIICCThe 4th Annual Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center Family BBQ
was held on August 22nd at Colonie Town Park. While most of us held our breath just waiting for the rain to begin, wewere quite pleased that there was not a drop of rain to be seen for the entire event!
Fun was had by all of the 200 picnic-goers….the kids enjoyed the BouncyBounce and visits from Dora the Explorer, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Sponge Bob,Barney, Tweety Bird, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and the ever-popular DisneyPrincesses. The entire crowd danced along to the music of DJ Charlie Sims, andenthusiastically sang along with Elvis! The food was delicious and the company wasunbeatable, too!
This event is organized by the Mayhew and Mazzacco families and held annually. The funds raised are donated to the DSAHRC in memory of AshleyMazzacco’s grandfather, Phil Mayhew. This year, over $5,000 was raised! TheDSAHRC says “THANK YOU!” to the Mayhew and Mazzacco families for working so hard to make this event such a blast and for making us part of their family!
This just in - Maria Mayhew reports that the Colonie Town Park, Pavilion 1, hasbeen reserved for the next DSAHRC Family Picnic, so save this date – Saturday, August 21, 2010 – and plan toattend! Elvis promises to be there, too!
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Don and Danielle Baldwin
hang out with Dora the
Explorer at the 2009 Picnic
Team Coco, named after Coco
Connally (far right), was just one of
the many large, colorful groups that
participated in the 2009 Buddy Walk
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Cedar Lake Golf Club in Clayville, NY, to benefit both the DSAHRC and the Mohawk Valley Down Syndrome Awarenessand Support Group. This tournament was organized by Scott Miller, who lives in Utica. Scott is the uncle of ChristopherMiller, a gentleman with Down syndrome who lives in the Capital District. Scott wanted to do something to raise funds fororganizations that serve individuals who have Down syndrome, and he thought that holding a golf tournament would be agood idea. Amazingly, he put the entire thing together in only five weeks!!! We are so very appreciative to the MillerFamilies for holding this event and raising funds for our organization. We look forward to this year’s tournament!!
A big thank you to the following sponsors of the event:
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Carbone Hyundai NissanDuffy’s Food Equipment Service & PartsLiberty Travel
Mum FarmTony’s Pizza in ClintonWalmart Supercenter
Jennifer Lang with members of the golf-loving Miller family:
The King of Wurtlevania has been killed and we are all witnesses – it’s up to theDSAHRC audience to figure out whodunit! That was the premise of Murder Most Royal, a fun-filled evening inNovember at the Carondelet Hospitality House in Latham, created just for the DSAHRC. As they entered the hall, guestswere “received” by the Royal Family of the imaginary European country. It didn’t take long to detect some animosityamongst the parents, their offspring and staff who were, in fact, actors from Murder By Design. While dining, the Royalsmingled within the crowd, answering questions and hinting of their true feelings about their nearest and dearest. Manyfolks in the audience, particularly a number of our self-advocates, enjoyed solving the mystery of the murder of the king– it really was an interactive evening of intrigue and delight, as well as a wonderful fundraiser! A big thank you goes toSteve and Diane O’Connor of Murder By Design for so generously donating the proceeds of the evening to the DSAHRC!
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PatronsV. James AloiseDr. Jack & Vilma FarmanWilliam & Kathy Golderman
SupportersGayle & Peter FarmanFrancis & Judy HelionS & L Building & Development LLC
Jim & Debbie AloiseBarbara Brinkerhoff & Robert AnslowDr. Jack & Vilma FarmanDiane E. LangJames Lang
Marlene McKenna & Jim GreenoughWilliam and Terry Van EveraHarm & Marietta VelvisDavid Yule
AFSCO Fence Supply Company, Inc.Capital District Pediatric
Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C.Premium Financing SpecialistsRosch General Contractors
Amy BellingerSally EspeyJill & Mark EvanchuckFriends of Assemblyman TediscoGeorge & Teshia GutchellKiddie Car Nursery School, IncKathryn MalinowskiAnne Kuppinger & Daniel Liebert
Alan & Charlene MapesEdmund & Elizabeth MashmannDwight MathusaMichael & Ellin O’MalleyWilliam & Deborah PrimePaul & Karen WajdaDonna & Theodore Ware
Murder By Design Honorary Committee
Murder By Design Ad Space
FriendsThe Royal Family of Wurtlevania, including
the Royal Physician and the Prime Minister,
with some new friends
Requests for Family Services
Categories of Requests in 2009
Medical (96) Psychiatric/Behavioral(17)
Requests for Professional Svcs.
The growing need for
support for families and
in the education and
has justified the DSAHRC
hiring a new Education
The goal of the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center isto provide parent-to-parent and professional services and support
to individuals with Down syndrome and their families and educating the broader community about Down syndrome.How? Here are just a few of the things that happened
in 2009 to attain that goal...16 Seminars - 3 Professional Presentations - 73 books/other
materials loaned to families from the DSAHRC Library - $4,271disbursed to families through Direct Impact Grants -Sunshine
Baskets sent to 9 families of children who were sick or hospital-ized - activities for Self-Advocates, including the Reading Tutorial
Program, Self-Advocates Conference at Beyond Our WildestDreams Annual Conference, a PowerPoint Program developed by
Self-Advocates for presentations in the community, and dancesand other fun stuff - increasing awareness through events, the
Aiming High Calendar, DSAHRC jewelry, participating in the Schuylerville Turning Point Parade and at the
Saratoga Barnes & Noble’s Heart and Soul Day...For a more complete list, contact the DSAHRC to see
On September 20th, 152 golfers gathered at the Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course to raise money for the DSAHRC.As has been the case for seven years in a row, the sun was shining and not a cloud was in the sky for the tournament.The proceeds from this event, over $60,000 in 2009 alone, helps fund DSAHRC education projects, including theReading Tutorial Program, which provides one-on-one reading tutorials with certified reading specialists for individuals,ages five and above, who have Down syndrome. The DSAHRC sincerely thanks Bruce Tanski, owner of Fairways,
and the Van Heusen Family for all their hard work and continued dedication to the DSAHRC, as well as the
following individuals and organizations for making this such a great event!
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Team SponsorsABC Nursery School Allied Building Products Amato FinancialD & N Excavating Fascia FlooringFuccillo Chevrolet HMS Agency Ianniello, Anderson & Reilly Key Bank Lansing EngineeringScale Service SupplyTD BanknorthTironi 1 RealtyWilliam Kirvin Insurance
$1000Albany Fire ProtectionAlbany Mechanical ServicesAmato FinancialBA Construction Services, LLCBest Paving and SealcoatingC & S SidingCapital PlumbingClifton Court ApartmentsCommunity Preservation Corp.
D’Agostino Concrete Inc.D & N ExcavatingHalfmoon HeritageHalfmoon Republican ClubIaniello, Anderson, & Reilly, PCKingsley ArmsMarshall and SterlingMcGregor Village ApartmentsTroy Sand & Gravel
$600Jay’s Auto RepairTD Banknorth
$500The Spillane Family CBK of Troy, Ltd.
Special Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers, and also to: ALL-U for donating the printing on the Tearing Up the Turf t-shirts; to DaveAshley of Empire Signs & Graphics for the tournament signs; to Scott
Quenneville of Red Kap Sales for the Mobil “Speedpass” Cooler Bags; and toDebbie Pailey, Tammy Selva, Kris Poole, and Jonna Foster for their help in
SchoolhouseRoad PediatricAssociates, Inc.81 Schoolhouse Rd., Albany, NY
TTHHAANNKK YYOOUU!!TTHHAANNKK YYOOUU!!A sincere thank you to the following individuals, families, and organizations for your generous donations. All gifts are greatly appreciated and assist the DSAHRC in achieving its mission.
of Northeastern New York, LLP35 Hackett Blvd., Albany, NY 12208(518) 262-5575
Keybank Foundation Matching Gift Program
Cindy BarfordWells Fargo Community Support Campaign
United Way campaign from Mary Alice Niday
In Honor of Danielle Baldwin
Ken Udle & Ruth Saunders
In Memory of Harry Baldwin
Ken Udle & Ruth Saunders
In Honor of Ava Charbonneau
In Honor of Vicki Charbonneau
Association Development Group, Inc.
In Memory of Steven Signore
In Honor of Jack Hughston Waring
Patricia Rodenhausen Kay
Tori BauerScarlett Duncan
Daniel EsperPeter & Christina GrenisRenee & Peter Hallock
Iron Worker’s Local Union No. 12
Marilyn Lenkowsky/ Billy SpillmanCristina Muranyvarimilner
Jenny & John O’NeillStephen Principe
Chandler & Carol Rowell
Frederick & Joyce SchorkMichael Stammel
Brian & Carolyn TemperineKandi & Daniel Terry
Harm & Marietta Velvis K & I Young
Stewart’s Foundation Holiday Match Program
SSpprriinngg DDSSAAHHRRCC SSeemmiinnaarrss SSpprriinngg DDSSAAHHRRCC SSeemmiinnaarrss The Preparing for Your Child’s Annual Review series with presenter Julie Keegan, Esq. of the Parent Network of the
Capital Region concludes this spring with two seminars at the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center.
The Scoop on Special Ed Services & Extended School Year Meaningfully Participating in CSE Meetings
Thursday, April 15, 6:30-8:30 pm – RSVP by April 8 Thursday, April 22, 6:30-8:30 pm – RSVP by April 15
Special Care Planning: What Happens When....
Wednesday, May 12 – 6-8 pm – RSVP by May 5presented by William Van Evera, CLU, ChFC, and Tara Ann Pleat, Esq.
Topics to be covered include: The Special Care Planning Process • Basic Estate Planning Tools • Special Needs Trusts• Planning Mistakes We've Seen • Guardianships • Letters of Intent
Visit the DSAHRC website formore details on these seminars!
Currently all Officers and Board members, with one exception,either have a family member with Down syndrome or they themselves have Down syndrome. The ages of our childrenrange from infancy through adult years. Our Board membershave had various life experiences. No two of us have chosenthe same path or made the same decisions. Our diverse experiences help us as we plan programs and activities for theDSAHRC community.
Board meetings are held at 6:30 pm on the first Monday ofeach month at the DSAHRC office, 1 Marcus Blvd., Suite 105,in Albany. Everyone is welcome to attend – please call aheadto make sure the meeting is taking place as scheduled.
OOUUTTRREEAACCHH PPRROOGGRRAAMMSSDo you know someone with Down syndrome who is sick or hospitalized and
could use some cheer? The Sunshine Committee provides baskets of goodies to help during difficult times. Would you like information about
Direct Impact Grants? Need to talk to a New Parent Contact? Have a question only a grandparent can answer?
Then please contact the DSAHRC at (518) 438-1113 or at [email protected] to learnmore about these and the many other programs we offer to assist families.
DDSSAAHHRRCC OOFFFFIICCEE IINNFFOOWe’re open Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00, but sometimes our work takes us
out of the office – kindly call before coming! Other hours available by appointment – please come see us!
1 Marcus Boulevard, Suite 105, Albany, NY 12205 Phone: (518) 438-1113; Fax: (518) 438-2716
MOVING? Don’t miss an issue of News and Notes due to an address change! The Post Office does not forward the newsletter and it charges the DSAHRC for each undeliverable newsletter, so please call, write, or e-mail us to update your information – thanks!
October promises to be a busy but very fun time for our organization – won’t you please be part of it?
All DSAHRC members are welcomeand encouraged to attend!
The By-laws require the membership be notified of any proposed amendments to the By-laws. The followingamendment to the By-laws is proposed and will be voted on at the General Membership Meeting: Article III,Section 5: CURRENTLY: Officers shall be eligible to serve three (3) consecutive terms of one (1) year. PRO-
POSED CHANGE (AMENDMENT): Officers shall be eligible to serve five (5) consecutive terms of one (1) year.