Member Agencies

Down Syndrome Association for Families

25-WORD DESCRIPTION:

Providing support and a positive vision for the future for individuals with Down syndrome and the people who share in their lives.


HOW WE USE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • $10 pays for a child with Down syndrome to attend a DSAF special event.
  • $25 helps provide educational resources to parents and a new baby welcome basket at the time of diagnosis.
  • $100 builds a sense of community and creates opportunities for families to network.


A STORY FROM OUR AGENCY:

Thanks to a partnership with the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Barkley Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, DSAF teens and young adults with Down syndrome are enjoying a book club like no other.

These young adults get to leave their parents at the door and dive into real conversations with trained SLP graduate and undergraduate students about the book they are reading, their thoughts on the subject, and life in general. Interactions like this allow participants to practice appropriate behavior and communication in a controlled environment, like the Barkley Center at UNL, while also meeting about once a month at MoJava Coffeehouse (Pre-COVID - now via Zoom until conditions improve) where they get to be in the “real world” and put what they are learning into practice.

Now in its fifth season, the book club has read countless books. With each meeting, the club is touching the lives of both the young adult participants as well as the graduate students.

“I love to sing, and I love to read. This [book club meeting] was the best day ever!” said one young adult participant.

A graduate clinician with the Barkley Center couldn’t agree more. “One of my favorite parts of the book club is how wonderful all the participants are and how much joy they bring to life. I would like to continue a book club like this in my own professional career after I graduate.”

 

CAMPAIGN CODE NUMBERS:

Campaign Code: 6864

(For campaigns at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, City of Lincoln, LES, LPS, Lancaster County, SCC and private companies.)

State of Nebraska: 

ADDRESS/PHONE:

PO Box 57362
Lincoln, NE 68505

402-421-1338

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