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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.
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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.
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Down Syndrome - General

Published On 12/11/2019
Preparing young people with significant disabilities for success in competitive integrated employment.
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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.
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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.
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Published On 1/20/2019
What is Down Syndrome? How does it affect me as a parent of someone with Down Syndrome?
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Member's Corner

Published On 5/21/2019
Loving our new site? This is just the beginning of new things coming for FINDS.
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Family

Published On 5/27/2022
This blogger has created a wealth of resources on his path to helping his adult daughter get a job and find housing and has documented his journey as a benefit to us all.
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Activities

Published On 3/1/2020
FINDS is very proud to announce that Ethel Adrahtas has joined our board.
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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.
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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:https://sites.google.com/view/alwaysdancingproject/home). New classes have been added!
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Adult Down Syndrome Center

Published On 4/14/2022
Drs. Brian Chicoine, Erin Dominiak, and Hannah Graham continue to update our Resource Library with the latest information about COVID-19. In the article linked here, the doctors share their recommendations for booster shots based on what we know about COVID-19 infection and vaccination in individuals with Down syndrome.
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Published On 12/9/2021
Dr. Brian Chicoine describes the benefit and function of self-talk and what a change in self-talk may indicate.
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Published On 10/6/2021
The article below was published in the July/August 1997 edition of Disability Solutions.
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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
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Research Opportunities

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.
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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.
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