Parent Info Night
Join us on February 11th at 6pm! Don’t miss out on a night of information! NHDSA will be hosting our first ever Parent Info Night. This will be held as a virtual conference utilizing zoom conference rooms. Each attendee will be able to join 3 different interactive speaking sessions. Below is a list of our speakers and topics.
- Join Jeannie Dallahi, Program Mgr. Community Engagement, to learn how to get involved with Best Buddies through the School Friendship Program, Citizen’s Adult Friendship Program, Ambassador Training Programs, E-buddies, Friendship Walk and more!
- Shannon Berube, Physical Therapist of 28 years, will be providinginformation and be answering questions on speech, occupational, and physical therapies; specifically therapies for adult transition.
- Chadia Gonzales from Area agency One Sky will be giving a generaloverview of area agency services. She will also discuss Covid and the stepsinvolved in transitioning to adulthood.
- Matteo Lieb from the National Down Syndrome Society will explainwhat the NDSS is about and give an overview of NDSS programs,specifically discussing the adult space surrounding transition andemployment.
- Emily Davidson, MD, MPH from Boston Children's Hospital will discussCovid and how it affects people with Down Syndrome, CDC guidelines,and vaccinations. She will also discuss guidelines on what type of checkups should occur and when for a child with Down Syndrome.
- Wendy Curnow, NH Family Ties Statewide Coordinator will present theFamily Connections program, which connects families needing supportto a family who has been through the same experience. Come learnhow to become a support parent. She will also discuss the NH transitioncommunity of practice which is a collaboration of professionals, familiesand stakeholder communities that help support high school transitionfor NH youth. Learn about the 2021 Educational Series and how to bepart of a high school transition panel.
- Bonnie Dunham from Parent Information Center (PIC) will bediscussing IEPs, advocacy, Special Ed rights, remote learning, andwhat services PIC can provide.
Step Up for Down Syndrome 2020
The 2020 Down Syndrome awareness fundraiser and virtual event was a great success! We had several inspirational speakers join our virtual event; DS advocates, NDDS president and Miss NH to name a few. The membership raised over 14K, which was absolutely amazing! Thank you to everyone who participated in this event. For those of you that could not make it, here is a video of the recorded event.
Throughout the year, the NHDSA needs volunteers for a variety of projects and events. Without volunteers generously donating their time, energy, and passion, we would not be able to make the difference we do in the lives of people with Down syndrome statewide. Please consider volunteering your own talents and enthusiasm for a worthy cause.
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