World Down Syndrome Day 2018: A Week of Events

Georgia Down Syndrome Consortium Day at the Capitol

It all begins at the Capitol with the Down Syndrome Consortium advocating for awareness and the issues that matter! This has been a banner year for people with Down syndrome and their families.  Join us under the Gold Dome as we continue the celebration!!

DATE: 3/21/18 TIME: 9:00am-Noon LOCATION:  Coverdell Legislative Office Building Room 514, 18 Capitol Square SW Atlanta, GA 30334

Learn about the issues, meet the representatives and celebrate the proclamation of Georgia Down Syndrome Day! Learn more. 

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That evening, have a few cocktails, bid on some great gift baskets and experiences and learn from three adults with Down syndrome who are living and thriving in our community. This is a great way to spread awareness so please invite a few friends! Tickets are now $25 per person. RSVP here.

You will also have a chance to purchase this beautiful necklace representing the three copies of the 21st chromosome and how like an arrow we are often stretched before we soar! 


Celebrating our Moms at GiGi's Atlanta

Something special for the moms! On Saturday, March 24, join us at GiGi's Playhouse Atlanta at 3:00 p.m. for an hour of encouragement featuring Deanna Day Young. An inspirational speaker who has a passion for making a difference for someone every day through random acts of kindness. She also speaks to women all over the country with humor, wit, and wisdom. Enjoy cheese, crackers, and wine and unwind a little! Children are welcome to play at GiGi's while the momma's take a break to refuel. RSVP here.


Support the DSAA! $3.21 on 3/21

Help support our efforts to ensure all people with Down syndrome have opportunities to contribute to the community and live, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society. Consider a gift of $3.21, $32.10, $321, or $3,210 and donate Here.


Martha is Celebrating Her 77th Birthday on WDSD

Martha Nearly 77 Takes on a 5kWe are so excited to be celebrating Martha Cronemiller's 77th birthday at our 3/21 Over 21 Party! That is right, her birthday is World Down Syndrome Day. Believed to be one of the oldest persons with Down syndrome in the United States, Martha was born in Georgia at a time when there were not a lot of opportunities for people with Down syndrome. Martha has lived in several group homes throughout her life. She is a hat collector and loves the color red. She participates in community activities, including a recent 5k! She is fond of naps, but she perks up when visiting friends and meeting new people. Everyone loves Martha!

We are told she loves her birthdays and cake and were warned not to forget the ice cream! Come help us wish Martha very happy birthday and World Down Syndrome Day at our 3/21 Over 21 Party.


Daniel Faust Graduating College This Summer

Daniel Faust, 22, has the world ahead of him. He is an exercise science major at Georgia State and lives on the Atlanta campus.Daniel Faust Daniel will be graduating this summer.

After graduation, Daniel would like to either open his own sports therapist practice or work on a football team as a physical therapist and trainer.

Daniel knows what it is like to work hard to reach a goal. he played on his High School football team at Athens Christian High School and received the JV Most Dedicated Award and as a senior was honored with the Rudy Award exemplifying the 4 C’s (character, commitment, courage, contribution) on and off the football field.

Daniel also has an artistic streak. he plays guitar and acts. He was in 45 Seconds from Broadway in Middle School and in the Sound of Music in high school.

Other future goals for Daniel? "I want to be in a Pool (billiards) tournament and I would like to be in a calisthenics tournament."

Meet Daniel at our 3/21 Over 21 Party next week.



WDSD Panelist Evan Nodvin Makes His Community Shine

Similar to stories of other parents who had a child with Down syndrome at the time that Evan was born, his parents were given a Evan Nodvin as a self advocategrim outlook for husband life. If anyone knows Janice Nodvin, she couldn’t do anything but take on the challenge to prove those doctors wrong. Janice became an advocate for Evan to ensure he got all the opportunity offered to her other children. He graduated Chamblee High School in the class of 2000. Now, Evan is a thriving young man with his own apartment, a long-time job, a girlfriend and lots of recreational activities. He is also quite the self-advocate! Evan will be a panelist at our 3/21 Over 21 Cocktail Party.  

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DSAA Consortium Kicks-off with What Really Matters

On Friday, March 9, the Down Syndrome Consortium, made up of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, the National Down  Syndrome Congress, GiGi's Playhouse, the Emory Down Syndrome Clinic and the Adult Disability Medical home, kicked off its first event, What Really Matters? 

Dr. Amy Talboy of the Emory Down Syndrome Clinic and Dr. Andrea Videlfsky of the Adult Disability Medical Home, discussed the top concerns parents have throughout their child's lifecycle.

Here are a few key takeaways:

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Meet Lori Berger Bryan

LoriBergerBryan.jpgOn 3/21, World Down Syndrome Day, the DSAA is hosting an Over 21 Fundraiser and Silent Auction. It is also an opportunity to meet three adults who have Down syndrome and are living and thriving in Atlanta. One of our guests is Lori Berger Bryan.

Lori Berger Bryan is the daughter of the fierce advocate and mother, Robyn Berger. Robyn raised Lori to believe that she could do anything she set her mind to and she should have every opportunity that her other neurotypical kids would have. Robyn was told to institutionalize her daughter because she was born with Down Syndrome. Robyn said absolutely NOT and so they say, "the rest is history."

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