Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants
Since they were launched in 2012, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants have provided $307,800 to local Down syndrome organizations from around the United States, funding 31 innovative educational programs to medical professionals, self-advocates and parents of people with Down syndrome.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants are a direct result of surveys sent directly to many local Down Syndrome organizations, and requests from local Down syndrome organizations. In both cases, local education programs were considered critical to the work of creating a brighter future for people with Down syndrome.
The grants are intended to provide much needed funding to create important educational programs or augment existing educational programs that are designed to help people with Down syndrome. In addition, the grants will provide parameters to ensure that such educational programs are successful and sustainable.
In 2015, we were proud to present the fourth year of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants. The winners were announced at the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in Phoenix on June 26, 2015 and were awarded in amounts up to $10,000 each. Thank you to all the organizations that applied this year!
Please check back at the beginning of 2016 regarding the fifth annual grant cycle. To be eligible, a local Down syndrome organization must be a member of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (to join or to learn more about memberships details and benefits, go to www.downsyndromeworld.org) and an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on eligibility, please see the 2015 application.
Together, we are creating a brighter future for people with Down syndrome!
Eight educational programs are receiving grants varying from $7,500 to $10,000, totaling $75,300. The eight local Down syndrome organizations were announced at the 2015 National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in Phoenix.
Grant recipients detailed their ideas, budgets and goals for educational programs as part of their applications, which were reviewed for thoroughness, potential, diversity and sustainability. More than 90 applications have been submitted through the program. View the press release.
- Down Syndrome Indiana (Indianapolis) – “State-wide Down Syndrome Conference” will provide accurate and up to date information on best practices in the field of Down syndrome to parents, self-advocates, educators, medical professionals, and direct service professionals across the state of Indiana.
- Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands (Omaha, Neb.) – “Heartland Genetics Services Collaborative’s Care Coordination: Empowering Families” will provide parents with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to coordinate care for children with genetic conditions in partnership with a medical home.
- Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati) – “Summer Enrichment Classes” is a supplemental academic program for children with Down syndrome, ages K through 8, to work in small groups with certified special education teachers and teaching assistants on reading and math skills.
- Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (St. Louis) – “DSAGSL Employment Initiative” offers a unique, grassroots, person-centered program option for career exploration and skill development that is specific to individuals with Down syndrome.
- Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.) – “Community Inclusion and Vocation Aptitude Program” will provide individuals with Down syndrome, between the ages of 16 and 30, with an 8 week program targeted at developing the adaptive skills needed to live independently in a safe and socially responsible manner.
- Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (Grand Rapids, Mich.) – “The Learning Program” is a supplement to traditional education for children with Down syndrome. DSAWM will offer Level 1 of TLP, which builds on traditional education through development of literacy, math, motor and speech skills.
- Down Syndrome Network Arizona (Tempe, Ariz.) – “Life’s Journey…with Down Syndrome” is a workshop providing parents the tools they need to effectively teach their children with Down syndrome important topics like behavior, thriving in adulthood, reading, health and wellness, and prenatal topics.
- Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society (Paris, Texas) – “Johnny Stallings Recreational REACH (Raising Expectations and Creating Hope)” will provide adults with Down syndrome classes on cooking, living independently, reading, money management, emotional and social skills.
Nine educational programs are receiving grants varying from $5,000 to $10,000, totaling $77,500. The nine local Down syndrome organizations were announced at the 2014 National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in Indianapolis. View the press release.
- Club 21 Learning & Resource Center (Southern California) — “Equipping Educators” will provide funding for substitute teachers so that 50 general education teachers can attend training on inclusion and addressing the needs of students with Down syndrome.
- Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands (Nebraska and Iowa) — “Down Syndrome Education Series for Parents” will help parents of children with Down syndrome be better equipped to participate in their students’ education, work more effectively with their school districts, and prepare for transitions.
- Down Syndrome Association of Delaware — “Adult Down Syndrome Clinic” will be a new program initially serving five patients per clinic with a goal of 100 unique patients over the first three years. Funding will help provide education to the physicians and staff at the clinic while mirroring some of the successful Adult Down Syndrome Clinic models found across the country.
- Down Syndrome Awareness Group of Baton Rouge (Louisiana) — “Second Annual Down Syndrome Conference” will be an expanded version of the group’s first successful conference, allowing for a dance for people with Down syndrome and more education and networking opportunities for medical professionals, parents and children with Down syndrome.
- Down Syndrome Community (Seattle) — “Learning Program – Level 1 Pilot” will supplement traditional education, focusing on parents as first teachers for their children. Level 1 focuses on skill development for literacy, math, language and fine motor skills.
- Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico — “Education Workshop” is intended to build upon the success of previous workshops to reach over 150 school administrators, teachers, therapists, auxiliary staff and parents and provide valid research and techniques in educating students with Down syndrome.
- Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization (Florida) — “Get a Life!” will be a monthly program geared toward transition-age individuals who have Down syndrome to give them and their families the tools for developing a full life in the community as adults.
- Montana Down Syndrome Association — “Resource Connection” will provide a unique resource library offering books, curriculum materials, adaptive equipment and play materials that can be loaned to families of people with Down syndrome.
- Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio — “Mind Body Soul Adult Mini-Conferences” will be two half-day events for adults with Down syndrome that provide a series of hands-on activities such as photography, makeup and party planning, as well as life-skills topics like safety, technology, money management and other critical issues for daily living.
In 2013 more than 50 applicants detailed their ideas, budgets and goals for educational programs as part of their applications, which were reviewed for thoroughness, potential and sustainability.
- Down Country (Missouri, Illinois, Iowa) — “I Learn / I Speak / I Care” is designed to give rural residents access to cutting-edge education and information through workshops, and provide technology to rural schools.
- Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley (Texas) — “Keys to Success” will create a computer training program, including a computer lab, to help students with Down syndrome acquire computer skills for everyday life, as well as job security and independence.
- Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida — “Global Down Syndrome Regional Seminar Series” will be a quarterly program for self-advocates, their families and medical professionals in various locations across central Florida.
- Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma — Full-day workshops will serve as learning tools for parents who have children with Down syndrome in hopes of empowering them to advocate strongly for their children at school, in extra-curricular activities and in the workplace.
- Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond — “Learning Program” will provide programming for children with Down syndrome ages 4 to 7, supplementing their formal instruction in school with additional help in literacy and math.
- Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South — “Self Advocate Council Delegation” will help people with Down syndrome to have a voice and to speak up for themselves by preparing PowerPoints for public speaking, planning their own social events, and planning volunteer efforts and fundraising ideas.
- Puerto Rico Down Syndrome Foundation — “Increasing Access” will be an educational pilot program for adults with Down syndrome that involves developing a curriculum and helping at least 20 adults with reading, writing and math skills.
- Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society (Texas) — “After School / After Work Recreation Center” will build academic, emotional and social skills for people with intellectual disabilities and their typical peers through enrichment classes, workshops and peer interaction.
In 2012, more than 30 grant proposals were reviewed for thoroughness, potential and sustainability. Six grant recipients were announced at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention in July 2012:
- Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond – The grant funds inaugural “From PossAbilities to Practical Applications” Educational Conference for parents, educators and professionals who work with individuals with Down syndrome
- Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia – The grant funds IEP Support Program to help parents navigate the special education system by providing an annual seminar, followed by monthly roundtable discussions, and opportunities for individual IEP support and consultation
- Down Syndrome Society of Mobile County – The grant funds development and implementation of an Icebreakers Etiquette Class that will give teens and adults with Down syndrome more confidence in social settings
- Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization – The grant funds expansion of Exceptional Educators program, which trains teachers, paraprofessionals and administrative staff in creating successful inclusive classrooms
- Down Syndrome Foundation of SE New Mexico – The grant funds DSF Educational Workshop to educate the educators about the realities of teaching students with Down syndrome; this annual event will provide educators the tools to include students with Down syndrome successfully in the general classroom environment
- Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area – The grant funds Down Syndrome Educational Alliance to identify and train school-based Down syndrome specialists to ensure that students with Down syndrome have the support, tools and resources to reach their potential
Here is what some of the initial grant recipients have said about the program:
“The grant’s national recognition allows us to promote and showcase the program as not only a collaboration with our county school district, but also with national partners.”
“These dollars are making a difference all over the US and in both rural and urban areas.”