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Thank You for a Great 2015 Buddy Walk Sponsored by Providence!

The 2015 DSNO Buddy Walk was held Sunday, September 27th at Millennium Plaza Park in Lake Oswego. A fun day with entertainment, activities, resources and lunch was had by all participants. This event celebrates and brings further awareness to our loved ones with Down Syndrome. It is our only fundraiser and enables us to provide the services and support that we offer our families.

View the 2015 Buddy Walk Recap

There’s a New Political Player in Town!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Activities | 0 comments


Megan Schiedler had a great time at Buddy Walk Washington 2016, highlighted by her new friend, Honorable Kevin McCarthy, asking for some assistance in a critical House vote….

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DSNO Dance Event

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Activities, Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Innovative Dance in Wilsonville offers a Saturday dance class at 10 am and 11 am.
Come One Come All

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Our class is for kids who love to dance that need some extra support! This class recognizes that all children grow and develop at different paces. It is designed to invite children with special needs into the world of dance. Classes will be structured to support a variety of dance disabilities including, but not limited to: AD/HD, autism, spectrum disorder, learning and communication disability, and Down syndrome.

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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith gives fan with Down syndrome a big surprise

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Press & Media | 0 comments

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Sibshops: A program for siblings of kids with special needs

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Activities | 0 comments

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Sibshops is a lively, fun-filled, 3-hour workshop that celebrates the many contributions made by the siblings of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being a brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, for others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. The Sibshop model mixes information and discussion activities with unique games and special guests.

See the flyer for more information.

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My Journey to Holland

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Parents | 0 comments

IMG_1746In 1987 Emily Perl Kingsley wrote a short essay called “Welcome to Holland”. Several years back, long before our Holland (or even our Italy plans), someone shared this with me. It struck a chord with me. It has become somewhat of an analogy to my journey to motherhood, and more recently becoming Max’s mom. This is the essay:

“Welcome to Holland”

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans.

The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go.

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