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A transition planning training for Latino parents of children with disabilities
U of I - Champaign
Published on: 8/3/2020
We are inviting interested parents of youth with disabilities to participate in an online transition planning training. The training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Special Gifts Theater - Dream - Believe - Achieve
Published on: 1/22/2020
The mission of Special Gifts Theatre is to foster self-confidence, social, speech and language skills in individuals with disabilities, using educational and therapeutic techniques with the stage as the platform, integrating creativity and fun.

Down Syndrome - General

UW-W knows that Learning is for Everyone (LIFE)
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Published on: 9/3/2020
With ample support, specialized instruction, and low class sizes, UW-W's LIFE program provides access to students who have historically been excluded from the many opportunities afforded by higher education.
UIC Specialized Care for Children
UIC Specialized Programs
Published on: 9/3/2020
We help families of children with special needs through two key programs: the Core Program and the Home Care Program.
DSC2U is Now Available!
Published on: 8/11/2020
Only 5% of people with Down syndrome have access to one of the few specialty clinics throughout the US. That means that nearly 200,000 may be missing out on important screenings and evaluations because their healthcare providers are not up to date.
Project SEARCH at Northwestern - Job Training
Published on: 12/11/2019
Preparing young people with significant disabilities for success in competitive integrated employment.
Transition and Household Tasks Survey
Published on: 12/11/2019
The purpose of this study is to investigate the extent that individuals between the ages of 14-22 with intellectual disability are engaging in household tasks. Additionally, this study seeks to understand the relation between engagement in household tasks and parental expectations for employment outcomes.
Published on: 9/21/2019
We are grateful to be able to work with MCC's special education students to provide tutoring opportunities for no charge to our FINDs families each semester.
Tell me about Down Syndrome
Published on: 1/20/2019
What is Down Syndrome? How does it affect me as a parent of someone with Down Syndrome?

Member's Corner

Welcome to the New FINDS Website
Published on: 5/21/2019
Loving our new site? This is just the beginning of new things coming for FINDS.


Free Zoom Dance Classes
Michael Fisher
Published on: 10/7/2020
My name is Elliana Kim and I am the founder of Always Dancing Project, a nonprofit organization (501(c)3 pending). We provide free Zoom classes for children with disabilities.

(Website: New classes have been added!
Ethel Adrahtas Joins FINDS Board
Published on: 3/1/2020
FINDS is very proud to announce that Ethel Adrahtas has joined our board.

Adult Down Syndrome Center

News from the ADSC - August 2020 edition
Published on: 7/31/2020
We hope you and your family continue to stay safe and healthy. We know that many individuals with Down syndrome and their families are deciding whether to return to in-person school or work this fall. Dr. Chicoine shared some questions to consider

Research Opportunities

Graduate Student at USCA Seeking Participants and Caregivers for Stud
Published on: 3/15/2021
My name is Jessalin Good and I am a graduate student in the Applied Clinical Psychology program at USC Aiken. As part of my degree requirements, I have to complete a thesis involving independent research. I am studying the relationship between cognitive functioning and internalizing/externalizing behaviors in individuals with Down syndrome in comparison to typically developed individuals, all within the age range of 10-18 years old. The only exclusionary criteria is that the participant cannot have an existing Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.