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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

Accessibility Card for Museums, Theme Parks, etc
Michael Fisher
Published on: 9/2/2021
IBCCES offers a free Accessibility Card to help speed access to theme parks, museums, etc for people with special needs.
Grace Place Art - notecards & art created by a woman with Down Syndrome
Michael Fisher
Published on: 8/26/2021
Grace, is a young lady with Down syndrome who loves to make art. Together, we recently opened a small art business called GracePlace Art, where we primarily sell greeting cards with Grace’s artwork printed on them!
Illinois Governor signs into law allowing our kids to continue attending school or transition.
Michael Fisher
Published on: 7/29/2021
The Governor of Illinois signed into law allowing our kids to continue attending school or transition programs until the end of the school year they turn 22. Here is a link to the details.
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.


Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive - Sept 2021
Michael Fisher
Published on: 8/26/2021
The Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll drive is around the corner. Please sign up to help us collect funds to continue the mission of 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

"Self-Talk" in Adults with Down Syndrome
Adult Down Syndrome Center
Published on: 10/6/2021
The article below was published in the July/August 1997 edition of Disability Solutions.
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

COVID 19 and Down Syndrome
Michael Fisher
Published on: 9/15/2021
DS Connect & NIH are conducting research on people with DS and COVID 19. This survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete.
Montclair University study on Spatial Development
Montclair University
Published on: 8/18/2021
In this research, we are studying how spatial abilities develop in typically developing children and people with intellectual disabilities. Our ultimate goal is to inform the design of a child-friendly environment and to develop programs to improve people’s spatial abilities.