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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World Down Syndrome Day 2018

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day 2018 Theme "What I bring to my community"

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. All people with Down syndrome must have opportunities to contribute to the community and live valued lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society. People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, wherever they live around the world when given the opportunity. But many are prevented from making meaningful contributions.


On World Down Syndrome Day, Wednesday 21 March 2018, we are hosting a panel of young adults with Down syndrome who will share "what I bring to my community" at our first "3/21 Over 21 Party." The evening will include appetizers, beer and wine and the cost is $50 per person.

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Or Make a donation in honor of World Down Syndrome Day!

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