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2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Jonathan

Jonathan is happy to be named a Buddy Walk Ambassador this year by Down Syndrome Network AZ. Jonathan’s, mom Jill remembers discovering that Jon had Down syndrome when she was in recovery from his birth in 2002.  She had not learned yet about the wonderful life change Jonathan would bring to her family.  She did not grow up knowing [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Rodger

Rodger is super excited and honored to be an Ambassador of this year's Buddy Walk! He doesn’t let Down syndrome keep him from doing what he loves, and he loves to live his life to the fullest. Rodger is a Special Olympics gold medalist. He enjoys a wide range of sports, including unified volleyball, golf, tennis, kayaking, tennis and swimming. At age [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Vivienne

This is Vivienne Kissler and she is one of this year's Buddy Walk Ambassadors for the Down Syndrome Network Arizona! She has been a part of the Buddy Walk since she was 7 months. It is one of Vivienne's favorite events where she loves to see her friends and meet new friends. Raising donations for DSNetwork is very important [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Abby

Abby's family is participating in the 2020 Buddy Walk to support inclusion for people with Down Syndrome. Abby, who her mom affectionately calls 'Booboo', is 16-years old and has Down Syndrome. "We did not know about Abby’s diagnosis until she was born," say Abby's mom Veronica. "There definitely was a period of adjustment for us...we grieved for her, not [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Sam

Sam is 27 years old. He and his family have been part of Down Syndrome Network since day one. In 2002 a group of parents (Sam's included) of children with Down syndrome got together to discuss the sometimes confusing situations that arise while raising a child with Down syndrome. From that discussion, Down Syndrome Network was formed born. Sam [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Giovany

Gio’s family is very excited to be part of the Buddy Walk. They look forward to this day every year. The walk has shown them as a family how much love and support their son has. During the walk the support from our community, family and friends is so inspiring and really makes them feel proud to be part [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Annie & Rose

Annie and Rose are excited about being Ambassadors for DSNetwork's Buddy Walk. They have been friends for over 20 years. They met in high school when they lived in California. When Annie’s family moved to Arizona, Annie’s mom adopted Rose. They enjoy many activities together. They especially like DSNetwork's Xcell program. They have done many health and wellness with [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Maya

Maya's family has been walking in the Buddy Walk since Maya was a baby.  Over time they have realized how important it is to walk and share with our community how proud they are of individuals who have Down syndrome, like Maya. The enthusiasm that Maya shows about life is one of the most important lessons that she has [...]

2020 Buddy Walk Ambassador Stories – Aiden

Aiden's mom is part of the Buddy Walk because she was blessed with the opportunity to be a mother to a child with Down syndrome, she walks because she is proud, she walks so that her son's voice could one day be heard, she walks to show him that this world loves him, she walks because he deserves to [...]

Reimagining Learning for Students with Disabilities

Article written and contributed by Karla Phillips-Krivickas Reimagining Learning for Students with Disabilities: A COVID Crisis Silver Lining Guest Contributor August 7, 2020 5 min read Add comment My daughter is returning to school next week after five months at home, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m glad Arizona has given parents a choice in [...]

Addressing Systemic Racism

Addressing Systemic Racism In response to the killing of George Floyd and other black individuals in recent weeks and the impact of systemic racism on our society, NDSC released a statement that condemns systemic racism and recognizes that as an organization, we need to do more.  The statement was followed by a video from Executive Director, David Tolleson pledging NDSC’s support of the [...]

Tips for Running for Office for People with Disabilities

Article written and contributed by: Ed Carter | Ablefutures.org | ed.carter@ablefutures.org Running for office is an exciting process, but every candidate needs to make solid strategies for a good foundation. For a successful run, do some research into what all is involved with becoming elected to a political office, assemble a team of helpers, and think about what your [...]

CATHERINE WITCHER, MS.Ed, Master IEP Coach

10 min PODCAST: Errorless Learning for Distance Learning Presenters: Alyssa, Special Education Teacher and Catherine Witcher, Master IEP Coach Learn more from Catherine: https://www.catherinewhitcher.com/ Learn More from Alyssa & Get Dozens of Freebies at: www.simplyspecialed.com/ Grab Your Free IEP Checklist: www.iepchecklist.com Virtual IEP Meeting Prep Presenter: Catherine Witcher, Master IEP Coach https://www.catherinewhitcher.com/

COVID-19 Updates

DID YOU KNOW? DSNetwork has been able to continue offering some of its programs via Virtual Zoom Groups. Visit our event page for up-to-date opportunities. Click here for calendar of events Resources During This Uncertain Time For more than 40 years, Raising Special Kids has been providing assistance and credible resources for Arizona families. [...]