RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDING FOR DOWN SYNDROME INDIANA!
Down Syndrome of Indiana (DSI) will launch its inaugural Day of Giving on March 21, 2018, in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, a day dedicated to increasing awareness and advocating for the rights, inclusion, and wellbeing for those with Down syndrome. This day will be the kick-off day for our "A Community Thrives" opportunity for additional grant dollars.
On March 21st, for 24 hours, DSI’s Day of Giving will be devoted to engaging the local business community with families and individuals with Down Syndrome, and those who live and work alongside them - physicians, researchers, advocates, caregivers, sponsors, board of directors, and community base, all working toward one common goal: sharing with the world the incredible stories of individuals with Down Syndrome, and the advancements made in the research field and community. DSI is incredibly excited to be the first to host an event of this magnitude.
This special day is sponsored by the following generous sponsors who are committed to helping us achieve our mission! Thank you to:
DSI and its sponsors will create an online experience with a reach that extends well beyond a typical event. Facebook Live interviews will kick off each hour, beginning at 7 a.m. on March 21st, featuring the sponsors, staff, medical personnel, and families. Social media posts and challenges will begin at 4 a.m. and will span until 4 a.m the following day.
Learn more about Down Syndrome Indiana (http://www.dsindiana.org)
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
We are so appreciative of your support for Down Syndrome Indiana. Each generous donation and every dollar raised, whether it is $25.00 or $2,500.00, makes a direct impact and ensures that DSI will be able to offer the following in 2018:
1.) Expand The Learning Program™. Increase presence of Down Syndrome Foundation’s primary program, which offers a myriad of tools and resources for students with Down syndrome and the families and professionals who support them. Estimated expenses: $1,000 per family
2.) Develop The Learning Program™ in Indianapolis, and initiate in Lafayette. The highly successful literacy program offers a monthly small classroom format for reading development, activities, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. The high rate of success in Indianapolis demonstrates the need to grow the program and introduce to the Lafayette community. Estimated expenses: $250 per student.
3.) Broaden reach of Down Syndrome Indiana to 500 new families. Increase awareness and engagement of DSI by identifying volunteers and key advocates, and producing stories featuring families and services.
4.) Launch iCan Bike program in Terre Haute. iCan Bike promotes independence, inclusion, recreation, and fitness for individuals with Down syndrome. Volunteers and resources are needed to bring the program to Terre Haute; ideally, the program will develop and tour throughout other areas of the state. Estimated expenses: $20,000
5.) Open the doors to a physical DSI Lafayette location. With the intention of better serving the Lafayette community, a physical location allows for our staff to meet with new families in a warm, welcoming space, ensuring confidentiality and support. Estimated expenses: $12,000
6.) Engage local businesses to create more employment opportunities for adults with Down syndrome.
7.) Publish a State of Down Syndrome Report. Address the immense need for consistent messaging and data on Down syndrome in Indiana, to encourage advocacy and informed decision making. Estimated expenses: $25,000
Driven by your support, and supporters just like you, Down Syndrome Indiana has achieved many milestones in 2017 and strives to accomplish even greater feats in 2018!
By the Numbers:
- 837 individuals with Down syndrome, and 1,753 parents and supporters served by DSI.
- 181 New Parent Packets distributed.
- $13,000 granted in scholarships and financial aid.
- 7,000 guests in attendance at DSI events.
- 3,368 hours donated by 96 incredible volunteers!
- 1,568 people in attendance at awareness presentations (200+ more than last year!).
- 10,000 visitors to dsiindiana.org (http://www.dsindiana.org)
- Over 17,000 individuals and families impacted.
THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO, AND WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN MAKE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY!
We enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.We advise, educate, encourage, connect, include, and advocate.
We have a big vision for people with Down syndrome… Down Syndrome Indiana wants everyone touched by Down syndrome to help us create a better future and a stronger community around people with Down syndrome. We are going to need the support of parents, individuals with Down syndrome themselves, grandparents, medical professionals, service providers, educators and volunteers to make it happen.