We are proud to be affiliated with those in the community who help individuals with Down syndrome (Ds) and their families make sense of early childhood interventions, individualized education plans (IEPs), strategies for inclusion, and most importantly, create a welcoming environment that celebrates the abilities in people with Ds and connects them to one another.
In fact, one of the more rewarding experiences for LuMind RDS staff is collaborating with the Ds organizations across the nation on Research 101 presentations to families, so they can learn how cognition improvements will create opportunities for them. We share with them a belief that every person living with Ds deserves a bright future, filled with limitless possibilities. Together, we are dedicated to creating opportunities for people with Ds to participate successfully in school, work, and their communities and to do so with as much independence as possible.
That is why we were honored and extremely grateful to have received donations from fifteen of our affiliates in 2016 exceeding $116,000. The top donations came from affiliates who have consistently supported cognition research in recent years, Alexander’s Angels in NY, Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas and in NJ, the Buddy Walk of South Plainfield and the North Jersey Down Syndrome Alliance. Their support strengthens our commitment to continuously push the boundaries of cognitive research and deliver much-needed resources to the most innovative and committed professionals in the field.
We also appreciate their help connecting us with their families so they can see what the future of research holds for them. From accelerating early childhood skill gains to becoming more self-reliant and independent, affiliates know that cognitive improvements create more opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to shine and succeed. Working with affiliates, we are sure that with cognition research the future is looking brighter for individuals with Down syndrome.
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