Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association · P.O. Box 8098 · Salem, OR 97303

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Welcome to WVDSA!

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association. Our goal is to provide support for families in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and surrounding areas, who find themselves in the delightful position of raising a child with Down syndrome. Initially, there are so many questions and concerns you may have when you become parents of a child with Down syndrome - the kind of questions that can only be answered by other parents who have “been there, done that!” – but we also hope to provide information in many other areas. If we can’t answer your questions, hopefully we can point you in the right direction to find those answers!

 Upcoming Events

Spring Social/Spring Carnival Sunday, April 6 2014 from  2 to 5 PM at the Museum at the Scenic Valley Vineyard. Please contact Aubrey Luiz: Aubrey.Ruiz5@gmail.com.

Adair Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 2014 at 9:30 AM in Benton County Park in Adair Village. Eggs, raffles, buddies for everyone! Sponsored by the Kiwanis Sunrisers, City of Adair, The ARC, Target and Corvallis Kiwanis Foundation.

All Born (IN) Conference on Saturday April 5, 2014. Sponsored by the NWDSA of Portland, the All Born (In) Conference is an exciting day of parents, caregivers, and professionals joining together to learn about best practices for inclusive education to reach and teach every child. For registration and more information, please go to www.allbornin.org.

Please consider helping to plan the 2014 Buddy Walk on September 13, 2014. The theme this year will be art and music. Contact Amber Petty at amberpetty@aol.com or 503-409-1881. 

 Announcements

Camp Attitude.  Registration is now open. Camp Attitude promotes physical activity in a safe and inclusive environment in Foster, Oregon. Go here for more information: www.campattitude.com

Friday Dance Nights for Teens and Adults. Teens and adults dance and socialize to popular music at Houck Middle School in Salem, OR. Cost is $3 (parents, aids and assistants are free). Contact Michelle McKenzie at 503-588-1314.

Friends and Family Access Nights at the Portland Children's Museum.  The museum is offering free play evenings from 5:30 to 8 PM in 2014 on Jan 4, Feb 8, May 3 and Aug 2. Click here to register,  or call Alex Roth, Community Partners Coordinator, at 503-471-9914.

Saturday Afternoon Out for young adults and school age children. Every Saturday from 1 to 4 PM at the Mill Creek Meadows Recreation Room. Cost is $5 per Saturday. Contact Katelyn Kessler for more information and registration at 503-409-5792.

Resources list. Click here for a list of resources in the Salem Area for children with Developmental Disabilities--Thanks to Patie Taylor.

Wanna be kept in the loop with current WVDSA information?  Please send a email to WVDSA at info@wvdsa.org so we can add your information to our current email address database.

Learn about Best Buddies - a Willamette University program matching college students with individuals with developmental disabilities to form one-to-one friendships. For more information on the programs visit http://willamette.edu/org/bbuddies/index.html or apply at www.bestbuddiesonline.org.  Email Emily Johnson (ejjohnso@willamette.edu) with questions. 

Special needs dance class in Corvallis. Alloa Jessee and daughter teach a special needs dance class in their home studio in Corvallis.  Cost is $40 per month.  We saw the girls dancing at the Buddy Walk and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun.  Contact Alloa at 541-738-7464 for more information. 

Oregon State University's IMPACTIMPACT is a motor skills fitness program for people--infants to young adults--with special needs. This popular program is held at the Women's Building on the OSU campus in Corvallis for 90 min on Friday evenings during the academic year.  A volunteer university student, frequently with career interests in special needs education or physical fitness, is assigned to each child to work on motor skills and also provide a bit of respite for parents. The waiting list for the program can be up to 2 years, so get your newborn or older child signed on. For more information and registration, visit www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/IMPACT

The Willamette ESD hosts a Friday evening get together for parents and their young children once a month in Salem, Oregon at various locations for children under 5 years old. Please contact your EI Service coordinator to find out the exact date and time. 

NDSS monthly webinars on various topics. Do you know that the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) has monthly webinars on many different topics and maintains an archive of past presentations? Check out their website for more information and registration at NDSS webinar series.

America the Beautiful - FREE lifetime passes available to people with disabilities to access the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands.  Oregon has several local Federal Recreation Lands, such as the Trails at Opal Creek in the North Santiam area and the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, and of course Crater Lake. (This pass will NOT allow free access into state parks.) You need to show proof of the disability, but they can be pretty flexible as they want to issue the pass. If you have the person with a disability with you at the time, they will usually just issue a pass.  For more information, call the Eugene office at 541-683-6600.  You can call ahead for specific requirements at your local BLM office found at www.blm.gov/or  

Woodbine house offers free online resource documents.   Authors and Down syndrome experts Brian Chicoine, Terri Couwenhoven, Libby Kumin, Dennis McGuire, and Kathryn Lynard Soper provide information about children, teens, and adults on topics ranging from improving speech and language skills to discussing puberty & sexuality issues, and from promoting mental health to veteran parents offering new parents insights about Down syndrome. The master list is at: http://www.woodbinehouse.com/WoodbineHouseAuthors.asp