Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut - DS ACT

Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut - DS ACT We are a statewide organization supporting families and individuals in Connecticut who live with Down syndrome through friendship, education and advocacy.

Founded in 1986 by a compassionate physician and concerned parents as the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC), our organization has a rich history of advocacy and social support. In 2018, we re-branded and changed the name of the organization to the Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut (DS ACT). Our organization strives to support people who live with Down syndrome in Connecticut in the

Founded in 1986 by a compassionate physician and concerned parents as the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC), our organization has a rich history of advocacy and social support. In 2018, we re-branded and changed the name of the organization to the Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut (DS ACT). Our organization strives to support people who live with Down syndrome in Connecticut in the

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Guess what? We posted some of the pictures we received from our Step Up Walk on October 2nd. Check out the recently post...
10/09/2021

Guess what? We posted some of the pictures we received from our Step Up Walk on October 2nd. Check out the recently posted albums on our page for some cuteness overload.

Guess what? We posted some of the pictures we received from our Step Up Walk on October 2nd. Check out the recently posted albums on our page for some cuteness overload.

Photos from Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut - DS ACT's post
10/09/2021

Photos from Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut - DS ACT's post

Photos from Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut - DS ACT's post
10/09/2021

Photos from Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut - DS ACT's post

Looking to make an insurance change? Get a quote from James Perrella: Allstate Insurance at The Perrella Agency and DS A...
10/08/2021

Looking to make an insurance change? Get a quote from James Perrella: Allstate Insurance at The Perrella Agency and DS ACT will receive $1.

Follow this link to get a quote:
https://www.leadmanagementlab.com/Form.aspx?id=35f13176-9797-4d12-ba15-ebe43062fd2d

*Must use link above to get a quote in order for it to count for the donation.

Looking to make an insurance change? Get a quote from James Perrella: Allstate Insurance at The Perrella Agency and DS ACT will receive $1.

Follow this link to get a quote:
https://www.leadmanagementlab.com/Form.aspx?id=35f13176-9797-4d12-ba15-ebe43062fd2d

*Must use link above to get a quote in order for it to count for the donation.

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow? Head to Manchester for Downtown Manchester Special Services District’s Youthfe...
10/08/2021

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow? Head to Manchester for Downtown Manchester Special Services District’s Youthfest! DS ACT will be there to meet people and spread awareness for individuals with Down syndrome and their families!

TOMORROW!!!!

Our final 2nd Saturday Downtown of the summer season is going to be GREAT!

Celebrate the youth in our community!

❤Learn about Foster Care with CHR

🙃 Play Yard Games with Rec on the Run

🍂 View over 40 Scarecrows!

🎼 Watch performances by youth from local dance, music, and theatre groups!

🎨 Shop from our young artists!

👜 Shop from over 40 local vendors when you visit our TWO Outdoor Markets!

🍎 Grab your fresh produce at the MACC Farmer's Market

🎨 Tour the Galleries at WORK_SPACE

Start at the Welcome Tent located in the Green Lot on the corner of Forest St. and Main St.

TOMORROW, 10/9
10am to 1pm

Details in the comments! Vendors tag your page!

Did you miss out on some amazing merchandise the first time we opened the store? You’re in luck! We opened our store aga...
10/07/2021

Did you miss out on some amazing merchandise the first time we opened the store? You’re in luck! We opened our store again. Grab your apparel here: https://blanchettesportinggoods.itemorder.com/

Make sure you use code DSACT

We did it!! We reached our Step Up Walk goal! Thank you to each and every one of you who have helped us achieve the goal...
10/05/2021

We did it!! We reached our Step Up Walk goal! Thank you to each and every one of you who have helped us achieve the goal!

We did it!! We reached our Step Up Walk goal! Thank you to each and every one of you who have helped us achieve the goal!

You get a medal! And you get a medal! We all get medals!
10/03/2021

You get a medal! And you get a medal! We all get medals!

You get a medal! And you get a medal! We all get medals!

Thank you for an amazing day! We saw your phone up and cameras out. Now, share with us the behind the scenes look of you...
10/02/2021

Thank you for an amazing day! We saw your phone up and cameras out. Now, share with us the behind the scenes look of your day!

Email photos to [email protected].

Thank you for an amazing day! We saw your phone up and cameras out. Now, share with us the behind the scenes look of your day!

Email photos to [email protected].

Did you lose these today at the Step Up Walk? Contact Shanon at smccormick@mydsact.org to retrieve them.
10/02/2021

Did you lose these today at the Step Up Walk? Contact Shanon at [email protected] to retrieve them.

Did you lose these today at the Step Up Walk? Contact Shanon at [email protected] to retrieve them.

Today would not be possible without our amazing sponsors! Adaptive Movement Parkour FOX61  Cheshire Fitness Zone Pediatr...
10/02/2021

Today would not be possible without our amazing sponsors!

Adaptive Movement Parkour
FOX61
Cheshire Fitness Zone Pediatric Therapy
Infinity Music Therapy Services
SARAH Inc.
Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
Bearingstar Insurance
JP Carroll Roofing
Impala Asset Management
The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Columbia Motor Speech Therapy
Domino's Pizza of Norwich
Nightlife Productions

Today would not be possible without our amazing sponsors!

Adaptive Movement Parkour
FOX61
Cheshire Fitness Zone Pediatric Therapy
Infinity Music Therapy Services
SARAH Inc.
Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
Bearingstar Insurance
JP Carroll Roofing
Impala Asset Management
The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Columbia Motor Speech Therapy
Domino's Pizza of Norwich
Nightlife Productions

The Raffle has closed! Please check your email to see if you have won. If you did win, please come to the raffle table!
10/02/2021

The Raffle has closed! Please check your email to see if you have won. If you did win, please come to the raffle table!

The Raffle has closed! Please check your email to see if you have won. If you did win, please come to the raffle table!

Below is the Step Up Walk Fundraising link. We love and thank you all for every contributionLink: https://www.ds-stride....
10/02/2021
Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk

Below is the Step Up Walk Fundraising link. We love and thank you all for every contribution

Link: https://www.ds-stride.org/stepupconnecticut

Join the Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut as we unite for a common cause and raise funds for the Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate or register today! Help us sprea...

Get ready! It's Bubble Bus time at the DS ACT Step Up Walk at New Britain Bee's Stadium.
10/02/2021

Get ready! It's Bubble Bus time at the DS ACT Step Up Walk at New Britain Bee's Stadium.

Get ready! It's Bubble Bus time at the DS ACT Step Up Walk at New Britain Bee's Stadium.

10/02/2021

Check out our Special Exhibitors:
- Diane Bilyak, author of Nothing Special: The Mostly True
- the Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs

Wow! You all really showed up for our walk! Check out these top teams with the highest number of members that we've seen...
10/02/2021

Wow! You all really showed up for our walk! Check out these top teams with the highest number of members that we've seen in a long time!

Cora's Lucky Charms with 106 team members
Thayer's Super Troopers with 94 team members
Darla's Keepers with 93 team members

Thank you to these wonderful teams as well as all of you for Stepping Up For Down Syndrome!

Wow! You all really showed up for our walk! Check out these top teams with the highest number of members that we've seen in a long time!

Cora's Lucky Charms with 106 team members
Thayer's Super Troopers with 94 team members
Darla's Keepers with 93 team members

Thank you to these wonderful teams as well as all of you for Stepping Up For Down Syndrome!

10/02/2021
The teams are finishing the walk and grabbing their medals! Woo hoo!
10/02/2021

The teams are finishing the walk and grabbing their medals! Woo hoo!

The teams are finishing the walk and grabbing their medals! Woo hoo!

10/02/2021

Everyone has started to walk at The Step Up Walk!

Raffle tickets! Get ya raffle tickets here! Raffle tickets are available till 1 PM today!
10/02/2021

Raffle tickets! Get ya raffle tickets here!

Raffle tickets are available till 1 PM today!

Everyone Start Your Engines!!!!
10/02/2021

Everyone Start Your Engines!!!!

Everyone Start Your Engines!!!!

10/02/2021

Thank you to everyone below:
-Active Military Troops, CTArmy National Guard, and all Veterans for their Service!
- Top Sponsors:
—- Bearingstar Insurance
—- Chapel Heaven Schleifer Center, Inc.
—- Adaptive Movement Parkour
—- Cushman and Wakefield
—- Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

10/02/2021

NEW Food Trucks this year at The Step Up Walk
- Crepe Royal
- Ice Cream Truck

Go support them and eat their delicious food!

See you all at the starting line!

10/02/2021

For those that want to support the DSACT License Plate idea, email [email protected]. We need 400 supporters before it can become an official License plate style.
Please support us!

It's official, we have some of the best Step Up Walk teams around! These three teams really stood out as our Top 3 Fundr...
10/02/2021

It's official, we have some of the best Step Up Walk teams around! These three teams really stood out as our Top 3 Fundraisers for this year walk!

Grace's Gang/Team Lombardo raising $10,710
Asher's Dashers raising $6,058
Cora's Lucky Charms raising $5,572

Thank you to our top 3 teams and all of the teams who help make today a success!

It's official, we have some of the best Step Up Walk teams around! These three teams really stood out as our Top 3 Fundraisers for this year walk!

Grace's Gang/Team Lombardo raising $10,710
Asher's Dashers raising $6,058
Cora's Lucky Charms raising $5,572

Thank you to our top 3 teams and all of the teams who help make today a success!

10/02/2021

Opening Ceremony for the Step Up Walk!

10/02/2021

Online Raffle - Tickets can be purchased online or at the registration table. Sales close promptly at 1 PM. When sales end, people who win will get a text message saying that within a specific amount of time, they can come collect their items. If they’re not there, we’ll hold them and make arrangements.

Link: https://dsactraffle.rallyup.com/2021stepupraffle

Check In has started at the Step Up Walk for Down Syndrome!
10/02/2021

Check In has started at the Step Up Walk for Down Syndrome!

Check In has started at the Step Up Walk for Down Syndrome!

As our Step Up Walk is about to officially begin we wanted to thank our teams who have came out to join us or are celebr...
10/02/2021

As our Step Up Walk is about to officially begin we wanted to thank our teams who have came out to join us or are celebrating in their neighborhood. Today is for you, enjoy it!

As our Step Up Walk is about to officially begin we wanted to thank our teams who have came out to join us or are celebrating in their neighborhood. Today is for you, enjoy it!

There's so much to do at the DS ACT Step Up Walk at the New Britain Bees Stadium today! Come by and visit many of our gr...
10/02/2021

There's so much to do at the DS ACT Step Up Walk at the New Britain Bees Stadium today! Come by and visit many of our great exhibitors and activities.

Teams are starting to set up at today’s Step Up Walk! Come join us at 10 AM! See you there!
10/02/2021

Teams are starting to set up at today’s Step Up Walk! Come join us at 10 AM! See you there!

Teams are starting to set up at today’s Step Up Walk! Come join us at 10 AM! See you there!

It's Step Up Walk day! Where do I go? Check out this handy map that will give you insight on where everything is located...
10/02/2021

It's Step Up Walk day! Where do I go? Check out this handy map that will give you insight on where everything is located today.

It's Step Up Walk day! Where do I go? Check out this handy map that will give you insight on where everything is located today.

It's Walk Day! Yayy! See you soon at the New Britain Bees stadium!
10/02/2021

It's Walk Day! Yayy! See you soon at the New Britain Bees stadium!

It's Walk Day! Yayy! See you soon at the New Britain Bees stadium!

Can you believe it?! There's even more raffle prizes that we're adding today. Check out these awesome prizes below!
10/01/2021

Can you believe it?! There's even more raffle prizes that we're adding today. Check out these awesome prizes below!

Can you believe it?! There's even more raffle prizes that we're adding today. Check out these awesome prizes below!

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60 Peter Court
New Britain, CT
06051

General information

Membership benefits include: * Network of support in the largest state-wide organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Down syndrome. * Reduced registration fees at all DS ACT events. Find us on twitter @MyDSACT

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Who We Are

The Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut (DS ACT), originally the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC), started in 1986 by a group of parents wishing to improve the opportunities available to their children with Down syndrome. We now serve more than 400 member families statewide by supporting and empowering individuals and families who live with Down syndrome through friendship, education and advocacy.

Our mission is to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome, by promoting equity, opportunities, inclusion, and by empowering them and their families in all aspects of life.

The programs we offer include:

First Call We train volunteers to support new and expectant parents and we share information with the medical community.

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Hi! I just wanted to share Incase anyone was interested... I am signed up, my goal is to become an advocate ❤️ I was told this is the beginner class cycle and they are in the process (or may have already created at this point) a second cycle of classes. You need to register but it starts next week. 😊
September 24, 2021 I am starting the All Star Tennis Players Club for adults with Down Syndrome and related Intellectual Disabilities. October 2021, Old Greenwich Tennis Academy and soon thereafter, the Greenwich Racquet Club. Group class for youth and adults on the autism spectrum are also offered. Both are indoor tennis facilities. A night class will begin after the first founding students are enrolled, and a friendly, inter-league competition will be created between both tennis locations. Special Educator Coach Bill will coach, orchestrate and direct the fun. A Scalzi Originals Foundation community project. ScalziOriginals.US
Does anyone know if CCMC still has their Down Syndrome Program?
My thirteen-year-old was painting in her room this weekend and this morning I saw this on her desk. She struggles a lot with the new baby, especially with all the extra needs she has that require a lot of our attention so this little gesture made me smile.
For all my fellow parents and care givers for those with Down Syndrome, the Alzheimers Association is hosting a free virtual conference and there is a session about the correlation between Down Syndrome and Alzheimers- for those interested in attending this free virtual session info is below: https://drive.google.com/.../1-XM6tSBlMH7.../view April 9th Caregiver Conference This event will be offered at no cost to family caregivers with opportunities to … See More EdConf21 CG 04.09.2021 Brochure.pdf DRIVE.GOOGLE.COM EdConf21 CG 04.09.2021 Brochure.pdf
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter 🐣🐇
Have you ever heard about this amazing band led by a Down Syndrome Drummer?
EllaVision Episode 3 is just in time for your New Year’s Eve celebration! Ella compares The Grinch to COVID in this movie review. She references the original 1966 version and the 2018 version by illuminations. Hope you enjoy! Please “like” and “comment” on the YouTube page. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Sending all good thoughts for the coming year from everyone in the World Down Syndrome Community group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorldDownSyndromeDay/permalink/10158587215095609/?comment_id=10158590328440609
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !
Hi there! I hope it's okay to ask this here. Does anyone know of a good Speech Therapist who specializes in working with non-verbal DS kids (preferably in Northwest Corner of CT). And has anyone had success solely using Gemiini for Speech Therapy?
Is there anyone that would be willing to assist me in navigating the application for social security? I just keep putting it off and now she's almost 4 months old and I could really really use the help. I'm assuming that the social security offices are still closed for me to be able to sit down with somebody so I'm just trying to figure this all out by reading what I can online and it's all very overwhelming.